School District Attacks Credibility Of Girl Who Said Teacher Tried To Make Her Deny God
7th grader Jordan Wooley has been getting a lot of attention the last couple days after she testified in front of the Katy Independent School District board in Texas that her teacher tried to get her class to deny the existence of God, and now the school district is questioning her credibility.
According to Education Action Group, Jordan says the class at West Memorial Junior High was told to answer a poll about God. The three choices were that God was either a fact, opinion, or myth. Those who answered fact or opinion were threatened with a failing grade.
On Wednesday, the school district released a statement saying that they found the teacher's classroom activity "unnecessary" and "ill-conceived" but that, "The activity, which was intended to encourage critical thinking skills and dialogue by engaging students in an exercise wherein they identified statements as fact, opinion, or common assertion was not intended to question or challenge any student’s religious beliefs as reported by some media outlets."
The went on to say that the teacher is a Christian and feels that her words were taken out of context
After the statement, according to KHOU, district superintendent Alton Frailey held a press conference Wednesday afternoon said he's getting mixed stories from students and parents about what happened in the classroom.
He emphasized that the teacher's lesson was "highly inappropriate," but said "(Were) the students told they had to deny God? No one corroborated that."
According to Education Action Group, he added “Nothing that the principal has found supports the assertions that the teacher deliberately threatened (students), or tried to force them to deny God."
But Jordan's mother Chantel doesn't agree with the district's assertions.
Chantel posted on Facebook Thursday that, “Jordan’s faith is continually being tested. She feels like she’s being made to be a liar when all that she did was tell the truth. I’ve encouraged her to stand by her faith and remember that when Christ was persecuted he prayed for those persecuting him."
She went on to say that Jordan is being harassed at school by other students for this situation and asked her Facebook followers to pray for her daughter.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is also standing with Jordan, is proud of her "unyielding commitment to God," and has invited her to the governor's mansion.
He tweeted, “She’s Texas tough. #IStandWithJordan #tcot #PJNET.”