8 September 2017
– by Will Maule
An elementary school teacher based in Indiana recently sent a note home to parents asking that they tell their children to refrain from talking about “God, Jesus and the Devil” in the school classroom. The teacher sent the request after hearing five first grade students debating among themselves about the existence of God and the devil.
“With McCordsville Elementary being a public school, we have many different religions and beliefs, and I do not want to upset a child/parent because of these words being used,” the teacher wrote to parents, according to Christian News. “If you go to church or discuss these things at home, please have a talk with your child about there being an appropriate time and place of talking about it.”
Parents were understandably outraged, and immediately complained to the school’s Superintendent Shane Robbins. “They were offended that we were trying to quiet their children,” Robbins said. “Trying to limit a student’s view on religion is a violation of a student’s First Amendment rights,” he outlined. “However, if the discussion becomes an academic disruption, then as a district, we can intervene to maintain the integrity of the educational process while at the same time being sure to not violate a student’s constitutional rights.”
“It is the position of the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation to respect the diversity of our students. In doing so, we will address sensitive topics with compassion while maintaining the integrity of our academic environment,” Robbins stated. “I believe this was a learning experience and an opportunity for us to improve as a school district.”
Article source: hellochristian.com