Previously banned from writing about God in school assignment, the elementary school of the 10-year-old girl says the incident was a “regrettable misunderstanding.” The teacher has apparently “learned from the situation” and remains in productive conversation with the family. Issues of freedom of religion continue to crop up in America’s school system.
By Katherine Weber
9/18/2013 United States (CP)- The Memphis, Tennessee elementary school that banned a 10-year-old from writing about God for a class assignment has since called the incident a “regrettable misunderstanding” that the school’s teachers will learn from.
“Shelby County Schools respects the moral and religious beliefs of all students and families. While teachers and staff are not permitted to promote religion in the classroom, no laws or district policies allow teachers to limit students’ expression of religious beliefs in their personal classwork,” Shelby County Schools, the district that encompasses Lucy Elementary School in Millington, Tenn., said in a statement to local news channel WREG-TV.
“This was a regrettable misunderstanding, and we as educators must learn from it. The principal and teacher have had a positive and productive conversation with the family, and we are pleased this matter is being addressed at the school level. The district will not be discussing this matter further in the media,” the statement added.
Last week, an unnamed teacher at Lucy Elementary School reportedly told10-year-old student Erin Shead that she could not write about God for a class assignment that asked students to describe their idol. For the assignment, Shead had created a colorful diagram describing why God was her idol, writing: “God is my idol, I will never hate him. He will always be the number one person I look up to.”