Student says teacher taught 'God is not real'

Katy ISD said in a statement that the assignment was to encourage critical thinking and dialogue and not question any student's religious beliefs.

A Katy seventh grader has some strong accusations.

She says her teacher asked the class to deny God exists.

Jordan Wooley says it all happened during a class assignment and now the school is apologizing.

Katy ISD says the teacher that came up with the assignment is distraught, and on Tuesday the principal determined the assignment wasn't something that was necessary for students. But it's still not sitting well for Wooley.

Wooley originally answered the question 'there is no God' in two ways.

"I said it was fact or opinion," said Wooley, adding she answered that way because "based on my religion and based on what I think and believe, I do not think it was a common place assertion."

Wooley says her seventh grade reading teacher at West Memorial Junior High School said both her answers were wrong and that she had to admit God wasn't real.

"It was really confusing to me at first because I didn't really know what to do, so the first thing I did was tell my mom," Wooley said.

Her mom Chantel couldn't believe it.

"That a kid was literally graded against her faith in god in a classroom so who would want to be known," Chantel said.

Jordan made sure all of Katy and beyond knew about what happened by testifying last night in front of Katy ISD's Board of Education meeting.

"So the kids were caught in a Catch-22," said Chantel. "If they argued their faith, they were being told they were arguing against their faith and that happened in the classroom."

 

On Tuesday, Katy ISD released a statement saying, in part, that the assignment was intended to encourage critical thinking and dialogue and not question any students' religious beliefs.

"Still this does not excuse the fact that this ungraded activity was ill-conceived and because of that, its intent had been misconstrued," Katy ISD said in its statement.

"In college but in seventh grade?" said Chantel. "Are we talking about impressionable 12- or 13-year-olds or are we talking about 24-year-olds in college who already have a firm grasp of the world around them?"

"I love reading so for me personally to have to fail reading because of what my beliefs are just shocked me," Wooley said.

Wooley says the assignment was in fact graded, so she says she would've had to have contradicted her faith to pass.

Katy ISD says it's crucial not to vilify the teacher without knowing her and her Christian faith.

We went to the teacher's home for a response but she never came to the door.


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