By: Martha Woodward
(From WREG-CBS in Charlotte) The mother of 10-year-old Erin Shead says that her daughter was told a writing assignment she turned in could not be accepted. The class was asked to write about one of their idols and Erin chose to write about God. Erin wrote about how God created the earth and how she loves God because of the beauty He made. She also stated that she is doing her best to be a good person.
But the teacher told the student she would not accept the work and she had to take the paper home. She told her to choose another idol to write about. The girl chose Michael Jackson and the work was accepted.
The mother made a complaint to the school. It has not been determined what form of action school officials will take since it appears that the teacher is in the wrong. A school spokesperson said that teachers can not promote religion, but there is not a policy preventing students from writing about God or religion.
Comment: I do not know what the USA is coming to when a child cannot write about God, but can promote a known sex offender. Sad, very sad.
From AOL: A college student attending Modesto Junior College in California, who was handing out free copies of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17-”Constitution Day,” was told by campus officials that he was not allowed to give away free copies unless he made an application and waited a few weeks to see if he was granted permission.
When the student, Robert Van Tuinen, protested that his freedom of speech was being violated, Modesto Junior College administrator Christine Serrano told him he was perfectly free to hand out the booklets — as long as he only did it in the “free speech zone,” a small piece of cement in front of the Student Center, but he had to apply for permission.
According to the school‘s policy handbook, “People can distribute material in the areas generally available to students in the [college] community as long as they don’t disrupt the orderly operation of the college.” According to those who witnessed the event and to a video made of the incident, Tuinen was not being disruptive.