Published On: Fri, Oct 18th, 2013

Tennessee school reverse on ‘banned’ God assignment as Erin Meade gets 100% on ‘Idol’ project

Officials at Lucy Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee have reversed course after a teacher banned a 10-year-old student from writing about God for a class assignment.

'I look up to God' is not acceptable in one Tennessee classroom photo screenshot WREG coverage

‘I look up to God’ is not acceptable in one Tennessee classroom photo screenshot WREG coverage

The school decided to accept and grade Erin Shead’s work after her mother, Erica, spoke out to media WREG-TV reported.

Erin received a 100 percent on her work.

In September Erin and her classmates were asked to pick one idol to write about. When Erin picked God, her teacher sent her home with her drawing, telling her to choose someone else.

Erin then selected Michael Jackson and the teacher accepted.

“I didn’t want any money. I strictly wanted Erin’s right to be able to express herself not to ever be taken away again,” Erica Shead said as got the conservative legal group Liberty Institute involved.

“It was kind of like, wow, she can talk about Michael Jackson but she can’t talk about God.”

“The children started talking and some didn’t believe in God and some did and they were talking about it,” Erica said last month. “[The teacher] did admit that she didn’t know how to handle that situation.”

The mother said that it’s important for Christians to be able to defend themselves, especially in light of cultural changes that have stripped faith from the public square.

“We understand that they’ve taken prayer out of schools but they cannot take God out of our children,” she added.

More coverage: WREG-TV


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