Once again showing that our schools are bastions of anti-Christian bigotry, a grade school teacher in Utah is under fire for forcing a 4th grade Catholic boy to wash off his Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.
We have entered into the Catholic season of Lent which will last until April 18, ending a few days before Easter Sunday. And as Lent begins, many Catholics attend church and have their Ash Wednesday ashes smudged onto their foreheads.
But one teacher in Utah seemed to imagine that overt observances of Christianity is somehow illegal in school and she forced the boy to remove his markings.
William McLeod, a fourth grader at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, was forced to remove his Catholic markings, according to the Washington Times:
“The teacher walked over and said, ‘What is that?’ And I was like, ‘Its Ash Wednesday and I’m Catholic. It’s the first day of Lent,’ and [she] was like, ‘No, it’s inappropriate — go take it off,’” William recalled.
“She took me aside and she said, ‘You have to take it off,’” he said. “So she gave me a disinfection wipe — whatever they are called — and she made me wipe it off.”
“I felt, like, really bad,” the boy added.
The boy’s grandmother said the incident infuriated her.
The school eventually apologized for the teacher’s anti-Christian actions.
“Why that even came up, I have no idea,” Chris Williams, a spokesperson for the district, told Fox. “When a student comes into school with ashes on their forehead, it’s not something that we say, ‘Please take off.'”
The child said that he got an apology from the teacher who could face disciplinary actions.
But, that this happened at all is proof of how anti-American our schools have become.
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