Texas Student Says Assignment Questioned Religious Beliefs

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7th Graders Forced To Deny God Is Real Or Take Failing Grade [VIDEO].

KATY (AP) — A suburban Houston junior high school student and her family have complained about an assignment that they say questioned students’ religious beliefs. A young Texas girl is being praised for her courage and unyielding faith after she stood up against her teacher who kept insisting that God doesn’t exist.Ever since a young man in Texas named Ahmed Mohamed put an old alarm clock in a pencil case and changed the world, we’ve been having a very valuable discussion about religious discrimination in schools. Officials for the Katy Independent School District apologized for the writing assignment Wednesday, but said they could not confirm allegations the teacher told students to deny the existence of God.

Jordan Wooley, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High in Katy, calmly testified at a school district hearing Tuesday after a bizarre reading assignment asked the class to say God wasn’t real and left several students in tears. “Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she says at the podium, addressing eight members of the panel. “We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth.” “When kids would argue, she told them that we would get in trouble,” the little girl said during her 5-minute testimony. “When I tried to argue, she told me to prove it.” Jordan cited the Bible and stories about people coming back from Heaven. Her teacher slammed both, saying they were just “things that people were doing to get attention.” “I know that it wasn’t just me who was affected by it. To me there is a God.” “I think that the teacher crossed a serious line when she led impressionable minds to write there was no God…that God wasn’t real. My friend — she went home and she started crying,” Jordan said. “She was actually supposed to come with me (to testify) but she didn’t think she could.” “The principal determined that the classroom activity included an item that was unnecessary for achieving the instructional standard,” district officials said. “The teacher is distraught by this incident, as some commentary has gone as far as to vilify her without knowing her, her Christian faith, or the context of the classroom activity.” MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say they have carried out search warrants in three states and seized 11 small planes in the search for escaped drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman. The attorney general’s office said Tuesday that properties in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa had been searched, along with buildings in the State of Mexico and Puebla, near Mexico City.

The school principal immediately responded to the parents by informing them that she would investigate and meet with the teacher the following morning. Authorities said recently they had located Guzman, who used an elaborately built tunnel to bust out of prison in July, in a mountainous area that stretches from Sinaloa into neighboring Durango state, and that he was wounded while getting away from them. The school regrets any misconceptions that may have resulted from this teacher-developed classroom activity and assures its school community that the religious beliefs of all students and staff are welcomed and valued at Memorial Junior High.”

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