A private Christian school in California was hit with a swat-style raid by police amid threats of being shut down for not meeting State of California demands.
It’s reported River View Christian Academy (RVCA) in northern California, which was raided earlier in the year, SWAT style, by the state, is being represented by Pacific Justice Institute (PJI).
And according to PJI, the raid was carried out by 16 armed law enforcement from California Highway Patrol, two canine units and 17 social workers. Students and staff were horrified by the sudden and unexpected raid.
They say the raid was prompted by an internet rumor put forward by an online left-wing tabloid, where the State was duped into thinking the school housed illegal drugs, stockpiled weapons, and was preparing for an end-times apocalypse.
Yet, the Waco-style raid turned up no such evidence.
Instead of apologizing for its dangerous blunder, the State doubled down and began imposing daily fines against the school for allegedly operating as an “unlicensed community care facility.”
RVCA has actually operated as a private school for the past 25 years, filing an annual affidavit with the California Department of Education as do other private schools and home schools in the State.
The State is now taking the position that, due to recent legislation, it is no longer possible for the school to operate without extensive licensing and oversight by the Department of Social Services. But such licensing would require the Christian school to have to abandon their biblical values.
For the State requires that licensed facilities allow students to have the right to engage in spiritual and sexual exploration, which contradicts the values and goals of many parents who enroll their kids in RVCA.
RVCA works under the ministry Teen Rescue, which has offered programs for struggling teenagers in need of full-time supervision and redirection since 1989. Students are taught to focus on their education, change destructive behavior and strive for success.
PJI’s lead attorney in the case said, “Reading the State’s search warrant and legal filings in this case is chilling. This armed incursion on a faith-based school shows that the State wants nothing less than to take jurisdictional control over Christian education in California. This is rooted in its disagreement with millennia-old religious values.”
“In 25 years of practice, I have never seen this level of aggressive, militant, and ideologically-driven conduct by a State agency against a religious institution,” he said. “For years, as the public schools have become increasingly hostile toward parents, the courts have insisted that the parents’ option is to instead choose private education. Now, that fundamental right is also under attack.”
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