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Posted on 12/18/2008 2:36:42 PM PST by Cindy
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December 18, 2008
Sixth-Grader Penalized For Mentioning Jesus in His Christmas Paper at School
Hattiesburg, MS Eleven-year-old Andrew White wrote a poem about Christmas but received a deduction for writing about Jesus. His teacher, Latasha Atkins, insisted that mentioning Jesus was not allowed and asked him to write a new poem.
Andrew and his classmates were assigned a creative expression paper for the Winter Writers Board as part of his sixth-grade language class at Thames Elementary School in the Hattiesburg Public School District. He could choose among three topics, and he chose to write a poem about what Christmas means to me. After turning in his rough draft, Atkins circled the word Jesus and deducted one point from his grade. The teacher explained to Andrew that he was not allowed to mention Jesus at school and would need to rewrite the poem for his final draft without using the word Jesus. He attempted to rewrite the paper according to the teachers instructions.
Andrews parents discovered what happened because Andrew was late turning in the final draft and was notified by the teacher. Atkins sent an email to Andrews mother explaining the situation. In her email, she specifically stated: He and another child did a poem about Christ. I know we can't discuss these type [sic] of things in school so I asked the two of them to do another poem of their choice. Andrews parents encouraged him to use his original poem as his final draft.
Andrews poem, A Great Christmas, reads: The best Christmas ever is when everyone is there. It is when everyone is laughing here and there. That is the Christmas I want to share. Christmas is about Jesus birth. About peace on Earth. This is what Christmas is about. It is when He lay in a manger. And the three wise men come to see. Thats what it means to me.
Principal Carrie Hornsby sided with Andrew and his parents, changing his grade to a 100 and conceding that there was nothing improper in using Jesus name. Hornsby had each teacher send out a letter for all the parents to read regarding religious expression at school. The letter clearly explains that religious expression is permitted under federal guidelines. However, despite promises that these papers would be posted on the Winter Writers Board for all to see, Atkins has refused to post any of the papers from the class.
Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law commented: Some educators need education that the story of Christmas is not banned from public schools. I am relieved that the situation was resolved by the principal but horrified that a sixth-grader was told by his teacher, we cant discuss these types of things in school. I dont understand why some people dont get it. Christmas is a state and federal holiday. Schools are closed to celebrate this holiday. Obviously, Christmas is constitutional.
(December 18, 2008)
I wonder who Lathasha voted for?
...a ‘Creative Expression’ paper... What a JOKE!!!
Latasha Atkins needs to be horse whipped!
“Some educators need education that the story of Christmas is not banned from public schools.”
Our kid’s teachers are all pretty good with it, and have gotten that message. This year even louder. (My son played his electric guitar and sang “Oh Holy Night” for a Latin class project (in English and Latin).
Next year, little Andrew White will be crucified upside-down for acknowledging the wrong Messiah.
Take the teach out back and spank her a$$ good! Or meet her in the grocery store and have a little discussion about fair warning.
Unions and tenure mean nothing on the street.
Mentioning Jesus would have been OK had he used it as an expletive.
I actually think that poem is excellent...the kid did great.
I'll be danged. Some sanity from a most unexpected source. Kudos to Principal Hornsby.
On Latasha, Loquitia, Shaniqua, Tawanda,
On Tameeka, Katira, Kadeesha, Lasondra...
Yeah, guess who she voted for. Not too damn hard.
Is she of TROP?
at least the principle stood
(many are called, but few... get up)
Somehow, I doubt it.
“LATASHA,” “these type.” There’s your problem, right there. First choice, home school. If you can’t , a second mortgage or second job for a good private school. In many communities now, if we love our children, we have no other option.
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