14-year-old Daniela Barca has received immense support after her high school denied her request to form a Christian club at the school.
Wappingers Falls’ Ketcham High School, the school Daniela attends in upstate New York, denied her request in the fall citing the fact that it was too “religious” and “not generic enough.”
After the school received pushback from other students at the school, as well as from schools across the country, and religious liberties organizations, they decided to let Daniela start her club.
It wasn’t an easy feat, but Daniela worked hard to get the club approved. According to the Christian Post, she had three meetings with the Principal after her request was denied.
“Barca’s father, William Barca, appealed the refusal to Assistant Superintendent for Compliance and Information Systems, Daren Lolkema, telling him in an email that his daughter wanted to start a club for her and other Christians to support each other in their beliefs,” the Christian Post Reported.
High school freshman Daniela Barca wanted to start a Christian club at her school—she called it the “OMG! Christian…
Lolkema responded that they could not allow a club that was not “completely unbiased to any and all religions,” despite having a Pride club at the school.
First Liberty Institute, a religious liberties organization, stepped in, taking up the case, arguing that the school was breaking federal law.
After months of hard work and determination, Daniela was recently approved to host the club on campus.
In an interview with Fox News, Daniela explained that she originally wanted to launch the club because as a young Christian, “sometimes it feels like it’s just me.”
“Daniela, you don’t know it, but you’re a culture warrior and you’re in ninth grade and it’s awesome! Thank you so much for standing up for your beliefs,” Pete Hegseth of “Fox & Friends” told her.
According to Fox News, Daniela has received many encouraging notes from students across the country, including a sweet message reading, “Perhaps you were created for a time such as this. Esther 4:14” and “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young…”
Another student wrote, “Dear Daniela, I hope that you know that you are not alone and that we’re all praying for you.”