By Angela Rozier
A Boca Raton father and son have filed a lawsuit claiming the Palm Beach County school board isn’t teaching the theory of evolution.
Brandon Silver, 11, and his father, attorney Barry Silver, filed an 18-page lawsuit last month but plan to serve the board Wednesday night.
“We’ve been taught about adaptations to the environment but that’s not really a direct concept to evolution,” said Brandon Silver.
“It’s such a magnificent story and it’s being neglected. The students are being deprived of learning from it because certain religious people don’t like the story because it contradicts the Bible and we think it is terrible that children shouldn’t learn the truth about where they came from,” said Barry Silver.
Barry Silver said he filed the lawsuit last month.
“We filed this on Nov. 24, 2015, because on Nov. 24, 1859, Darwin published that incredible work about the origin of the species,” said Barry Silver.
He said he’s willing to work something out with the school district but if that doesn’t happen he plans to continue to fight for change.
“If they’re willing to sit down with us and talk about it and correct some of the things that are not proper in the school system about science we’re happy to resolve it with them. If not, we’ll go ahead and serve it and we will vigorously litigate the lawsuit,” said Barry Silver.
According to the lawsuit, “There are currently schools and textbooks which provide false, misleading, and dangerous information about certain religions and purposely omit factual information if it appears unfavorable to them and/or politically incorrect, which cause Palm Beach County public school students not to receive a high quality education required by the Florida law.”
The school superintendent said he has not seen the lawsuit.
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