Marcos Perez, Gabriella’s father, uploaded a video to YouTube of his daughter retelling the incident of the teacher telling the kindergartner to stop praying. The incident is said to have happened at an elementary school in Florida on March 10, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
But the story might be more complicated than it seems.
There is a rumor circulating, however, that the whole thing is a hoax generated by Perez and his wife. There are a couple reasons why people are questioning the parents.
Officials at the school said the incident never happened and nobody told the 5-year-old to stop praying. The other reason is that Perez is the vice president of sales at Charisma House, a Christian book publisher. So he may have some kind of agenda to help promote sales for Charisma through this attention.
If it is a hoax, it's sad and really low. But it's hard not to take Perez and his wife by their word, and the parents are even going as far as taking legal action.
“My wife and I were shocked when our 5-year-old daughter began to tell us that someone on staff at her school saw her praying - told her to stop - and said "it is not good"," Perez wrote in the description YouTube clip of his daughter's accusation that a teacher told her to stop praying. "This is Kindergarten. She was praying to herself for her food, following the biblical values we are working hard to instill in our children. We are so proud of our little princess and as you can see - we continue to affirm her that prayer IS GOOD and that NO ONE can tell her she can't pray. No doubt we will homeschool going forward.