A bus driver told this little boy that he and his two mums were going to hell
A school boy in Orlando has said that his bus driver told him that he and his two mothers were going to hell.
The second grade student came home from school and began to repeat the rhetoric to his two parents, insisting that all three of them would go to hell because of the same-sex relationship.
Nathaly Encarnacion, one of the boy’s mothers, explained that she was taken back by her sons words.
“I couldn’t understand it because he has always been super proud to have two moms,” she said. “I kept asking him why he felt that way, and he just went on and on about how we can’t be together or we’ll go to hell.
”I cried myself to sleep that night,“ she said.
However, it was soon revealed that the boy’s bus driver had been putting ideas into his head.
The driver, Violeta Jacobo, began telling the boy that he would not get into heaven because of his parents same-sex relationship and offered him a business card for the local Jehovah’s Witnesses.
”He came home, gave me this business card and told me we have to go look at the videos on this website,” Encarnacion said. ”He told us [that having two mums] is not right, and God doesn’t like that, and it’s the reason we’re not going to make it to heaven.
“I’ve gotten a lot of backlash because I’ve been told Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in hell,” she added, “but what he described to me is what I think of as hell.”
Following the revelation and a review by the School District, Jacobo will not face any disciplinary action according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The driver has been instructed to follow the code of conduct and counselled by her supervisor on not discussing or promoting religious matters.
Encarnacion is upset at the outcome, and feels that more needs to be done in the way of discipline.
“At the very least, she should be suspended or put on heavy probation,” Encarnacion said. “She shouldn’t be around kids at all. She was an authority figure in my son’s life, and what she said really affected him, disturbed my family and our lives completely.”
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An executive member of the LGBT group Lakeland Youth Alliance deemed the action disappointing.
“It gets tiring to hear stories of discrimination, and it’s even worse when it’s a child.
“As far as the [policy advisory letter] being the maximum disciplinary action, it sends the wrong message to the School Board and other school employees.
“The message we try to portray at Polk Pride is acceptance, equality and unity, and a story like this is opposite of our mission and values,” they added.
The family are considering legal action in the future because of the emotional damage caused in the family.
“What they do with the bus driver is ultimately up to them,” Encarnacion said. “But I don’t think what’s been done is enough.”