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Parent: daughter asked to re-do assignment after writing about Jesus
wect ^ | 3/18/14 | Kasey Cunningham

Posted on 03/25/2014 5:41:59 PM PDT by barmag25

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A parent is speaking out after she said her daughter's teacher rejected a rough draft of her paper. The subject, her hero, Jesus.

Heather Watts said her daughter attends second grade at Cerro Gordo Elementary School in Columbus County. Watts said the teacher asked her 8-year-old daughter Ryleigh, "can't you write about something different?"

"I think she should have freedom to write about what she wants to write about," the disgruntled mother said. "If she wants to write about Jesus, she should write about Jesus."

Watts said this question is threatening her daughter's First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

A statement from the school denies the incident:

"After speaking with both the teacher and the principal, we have learned that students were not restricted from writing on any topic of their choosing. Columbus County Schools encourages student expression in all aspects of our educational program. We also have an open-door policy, and encourage our parents and guardians to contact or visit their child's school to address any concerns."

(Excerpt) Read more at wect.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: cerrogordoelementary; columbuscounty; freedomfromatheism; jesus; northcarolina

1 posted on 03/25/2014 5:41:59 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

After meeting with her daughter’s principal and teacher, Watts said the issue has not been resolved and Ryleigh is still being asked to write about something different.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT by barmag25 (There is nothing that a man needs that he can't find in the North Georgia mountains.)
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To: barmag25

Any parent who still has children in the public system is doing their child a great disservice.


3 posted on 03/25/2014 5:44:16 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: barmag25

This “teacher” needs to be fired.

And if not, then all Christian parents in the district ought to demand it


4 posted on 03/25/2014 5:46:18 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey 2008, we told you so)
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To: barmag25

Considering how the girl is being treated by the teacher maybe she should write about a martyred saint.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 5:49:12 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: barmag25

Apparently somebody is lying. The daughter should say,’no, I’m not going to’.


6 posted on 03/25/2014 5:49:22 PM PDT by Vinylly (?)
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To: barmag25

The problem probably comes from the teachers inability to relate to Christ, so she knows she would be unable to grade the paper. Now had the little girl chosen to write about Satan or say a porn star, the teacher would probably have a wealth of experience to draw upon.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 5:53:51 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: barmag25
"After speaking with both the teacher and the principal, we have learned that students were not restricted from writing on any topic of their choosing. Columbus County Schools encourages student expression in all aspects of our educational program."

What a typically evasive, mealy mouthed, obfuscating answer that is.

Of course students weren't restricted from writing on any topic. THAT'S what the assignment was.

It is about what the teacher said to the kid when she turned in her outline for the assignment. The teacher probably lied her arse off to the principal.

8 posted on 03/25/2014 5:54:07 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: barmag25
Maybe the "Parent" should get a clue and get his/her kid out of publik skool.

Sending a child to public school in most states is akin to child abuse.

9 posted on 03/25/2014 5:57:05 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The last sentence in the article tells the whole story.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 5:57:22 PM PDT by barmag25 (There is nothing that a man needs that he can't find in the North Georgia mountains.)
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To: barmag25

Jesus is the original do over...

Patton was a re-run


11 posted on 03/25/2014 5:57:26 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: barmag25

Jesus not wanted in the schools. Go figure.


12 posted on 03/25/2014 6:07:02 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: barmag25
Ask folks with from history would they most Jesus would come very high on the list.

Obama???????

13 posted on 03/25/2014 6:19:19 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: FixitGuy
Ask folks with whom from history would they most enjoy having a meal and conversation. Jesus would come very high on the list.

Obama???????

14 posted on 03/25/2014 6:22:19 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: barmag25
Watts said the teacher asked her 8-year-old daughter Ryleigh, "can't you write about something different?"

"No ma'am."

15 posted on 03/25/2014 6:25:37 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: barmag25
I wonder if this is a situation of a (young?) teacher worried about someone accusing HER of some sort of religious bias by allowing the reference; i.e., she doesn't have a problem with it personally but has misunderstood the rules with regard to "teaching religion." Since the school doesn't seem to be arguing about it, the last paragraph of this article is somewhat confusing.

My girls have all referred to Jesus or our faith in various school projects with no issues.

16 posted on 03/25/2014 6:28:58 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: barmag25
After meeting with her daughter’s principal and teacher, Watts said the issue has not been resolved and Ryleigh is still being asked to write about something different.

There answer is obviously thanks for the suggestion but I will be writing about what I want to write about.

Is this one really so hard for the parents to figure out.

17 posted on 03/25/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Mastador1
The problem probably comes from the teachers inability to relate to Christ, so she knows she would be unable to grade the paper.

That's BS. The subject of the composition is not going to affect a teacher's ability to grade for composition.

18 posted on 03/25/2014 6:38:51 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: barmag25
I would accept the teacher's stupid decision and then teach the daughter how the Bible tells her to understand that act of oppression.

Matthew 5:11 - "Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake"

Matthew 5:44 - But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

John 15:18 - If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

1 John 3:13 - Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you . . . and many other passages

When life gives you lemons, why not use that as an opportunity to teach the lesson that God's enemies are trying to suppress. It would be indescribably adorable to see this teacher's reaction when she learns that a little 8 y/o girl is using her as an example during recess to show that the Bible is true and that Christians really are persecuted for being God's people.

19 posted on 03/25/2014 7:02:44 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
"can't you write about something different?"

Yes, I could, but I won't.

Whenever I worked the concession booth at high school sporting events, (selling Skittles and Gatorade to chillens- gasp!!!) to each kid who asked, "Can I get a ....."(hot dog, candy bar, etc.) I would reply, "I don't know - can you?"

20 posted on 03/25/2014 7:03:32 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Hyperbole my friend, hyperbole! Of course we all know the reason there is a problem is because the little girls hero is Jesus. Why did you not select the rest of my comment in your reply?


21 posted on 03/25/2014 7:46:22 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: barmag25
If one takes the time to read ALL of the posted responses, it seems that this "story" is not what many are being led to believe.
It looks like, is usually the case, there is much more to this than a simple denial of Jesus.
More like someone not completing their work.

Just a suggestion.
22 posted on 03/25/2014 8:52:16 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Mastador1
Why did you not select the rest of my comment in your reply?

I just picked out the part of your comment that jumped out at me.

23 posted on 03/25/2014 10:03:31 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Mastador1
The problem probably comes from the teachers inability to relate to Christ, so she knows she would be unable to grade the paper. Now had the little girl chosen to write about Satan or say a porn star, the teacher would probably have a wealth of experience to draw upon.

Actually, you are correct. The context of your comment was hurt by taking out the second sentence. Your point is taken.

24 posted on 03/25/2014 10:04:54 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

No bigee, it’s just that I was pretty sure we were on the same page. It’s just gotten to be so extreme in schools, I remember Christmas and Easter break, Christmas Carols, hell my high school was kind of famous for the A Capella Choirs thirty foot tall singing Christmas tree and I’m not that damn old!


25 posted on 03/25/2014 10:20:56 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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