This week, a teacher in a Memphis elementary school reportedly told a student in her class she couldn’t write about God as her idol. As reported by The Christian Post, Erin Shead, a 10-year-old student at Lucy Elementary, was given an assignment to write about someone she looked up to, and Shead chose to write about God. But Erin’s teacher would not accept the assignment, telling Erin that she wasn’t permitted to choose God as her idol and role model and would have to take the paper home because it wasn’t allowed on the school grounds. She then was required to choose a new subject for the assignment. Erin chose Michael Jackson, which apparently was accepted by the teacher.
But Erin’s mother, Erica Snead, outraged over the teacher’s actions, went to the local news media to make public the school’s discrimination of her daughter’s religion. “How can you tell this baby, that’s a Christian, what she can say and what she can’t say?” Erica Shead said in an interview with WREG-TV. The girl’s mother also demanded of the school’s principal to see the actual school “policy where this child cannot talk about God on paper.”
A spokesperson for the Shelby County School District confirmed to WREG-TV that the school teacher had been wrong to prohibit the girl from writing about God. The spokesperson explained that although teachers were not allowed to promote religion in class, there was no rule against students writing about religion for a class assignment.