A seventh-grade student in Texas is standing up for her religious beliefs after her teacher allegedly forced the class to deny the existence of God in a recent assignment, or face a failing grade.
Jordan Wooley, a student at West Memorial Junior High School, took her concerns directly to the school board during their meeting on Monday night after she said her teacher forced students to deny their belief in god as part of a reading assignment earlier in the day.
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real. Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day,” Wooley said. “We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth.”
During her testimony to the school board Wooley claimed that some students immediately began to object to the assignment, but were told if they didn’t agree that God was a myth, they would be “in trouble.”
“When kids would argue, she told them they would get in trouble,” she said. “When I tried to argue, she told me to ‘prove it.’”
Wooley wasn’t the only student who was apparently upset by the teacher’s indoctrination. She claims other students also tried to defend their right to religious freedom.
“Another child had asked the teacher if we could put what we believe on the paper, and she said we could if we wanted to get the answer wrong,” Wooley said.
“I know schools aren’t supposed to teach us about religion, or question religion, but the teacher said that it had nothing to do with religion,” she explained.
As it turns out, seventh-graders at West Memorial Junior High School in Texas seem to have a better grasp on the First Amendment than the atheist who was trying to “teach” them.
The school district released a statement about the incident on Tuesday describing the embattled teacher as “distraught” over the controversy.
“The activity, which was intended to encourage critical thinking skills and dialogue by engaging students in an exercise wherein they identified statements as fact, opinion, or common assertion, was not intended to question or challenge any student’s religious beliefs,” read the statement, according to ABC13.
The statement also explained the lesson would no longer be used moving forward.