MEMPHIS – An elementary school in the heart of the Bible Belt has changed its mind after initially banning a 10-year-old girl from writing about God for a class assignment.
Erin Shead asked her teacher at Lucy Elementary School in Memphis if she could write about God when her class was given the assignment to write about their “idol” last month. As she was told to choose someone else, she went home and discussed the issue with her mother.
The two decided to move forward and write about God, but Erin chose to create a backup in the event that the teacher still refused her work.
“God will always make me do the right thing,” she wrote. “He will make me be the best that I can be. I will never ever not believe in Him. … I will never hate Him. He will always be the #1 person I look up to.”When she attempted to hand in her homework the next day, the teacher would not accept her paper and was told to take it home because it might violate the First Amendment. However, when the girl then gave the teacher a separate creation about the late Michael Jackson, the teacher accepted the project.