Teacher Tells 10-Year-Old God Is Not an Acceptable 'Idol' (VIDEO)

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Ugh. Can someone please explain to me what the heck this world is coming to? Because after hearing that a 10-year-old girl was not allowed to choose God as her idol to write about for a school assignment, I really don't know whether to scream or cry.

Mom Erica Shead explains how her daughter, Erin, came home from school on Wednesday upset. When she drew a diagram in class with the words, "I look up to God," in the middle of it -- her teacher told her that God was not an acceptable idol, and that she'd have to start the assignment all over again.

The poor kid wound up choosing Michael Jackson (basically going from one extreme to the other) as an alternative.

Erin told her mother she wanted to write about God because "God created the earth" and added that she's "doing the best she can."

And as you can imagine, Erica is absolutely irate over the teacher's decision, as she should be.

Take a look at this video clip to hear more about what happened.


That poor child. This makes me absolutely sick to my stomach. Who the hell is that teacher to tell a child who she can and cannot look up to? By telling her to choose someone else, and by not even allowing her to keep the original assignment at school (you know, because it's SO offensive), she's basically teaching her that her faith doesn't matter and isn't worth believing in. And that's just sad, wrong, disgusting, ridiculous, and well ... really shitty, if you ask me.

What would've been the harm in letting her write about God? It's not like she was preaching to the class or anything. She was simply following the instructions she was given to complete her school work -- and she basically got punished for it. Yes, it is a punishment to take a child's beautiful, creative idea and classify it as wrong, when it clearly isn't.

Oh, and another thing, I'd be appalled about this incident no matter where in the country it happened. But in Millington, Tennessee -- right outside of Memphis?!? If kids can't express their love for God in the Bible belt, it certainly doesn't offer much hope to the rest of the U.S.

I don't blame Erica one bit for going straight to the principal. I would've done the same thing in her shoes, because the way her daughter was treated is unacceptable. Schools should be a place where children are encouraged to stand up for what they believe instead of hiding from it.

That teacher should be ashamed of herself. All I can say is thank GOD my kid isn't in her class.

Do you think Erin should have been allowed to write about her true idol?


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nonmember avatar Tia

A similar incident happened last week with my friend's 9 year old daughter in Wells, ME. She was told by the teacher that "because God did not walk the earth", she was not allowed to write about Him as her hero. This happened in a southern Maine elementary school.

Brain... BrainyMommy

Teacher screwed up. Schools, rightly so, can't promote religion. But students can write about God. There are no laws prohibiting that. 

adamat34 adamat34

This is why we have gay marriage, people shooting babies, and evil is rampant. People are shunning and turning away from God.

flood... flood1971

@adamat 34
You equate gay marriage with people shooting babies? God loves all of us, you sick freak. Being gay and shooting a child are not the same thing. Ask God for that heart of yours to grow!

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

Yet I'm sure if her idol would have been allah or buddah the teacher wouldn't have said a thing.

Booky502 Booky502

Teachers pulling this crap would be out the doors were it not for their union. The only comfort for the rest of us and our kids is that teachers that stupid and mean usually ruin their careers eventually, and any person as nasty and idiotic as this one cannot be a happy person, either. Good teachers get blamed for the actions of the sucky ones, obviously. 

Katha... Katharine205

This is why I'm very, very thankful that my daughter is able to attend Christian schools....and very, very hopeful that we'll be able to continue it for a long time

Brain... BrainyMommy

@flood1971 - You have to ignore trolls. They didn't get enough love in their life and once they've tired of abusing their loved ones they turn to abusing the internet. 

nonmember avatar Kat

I believe the teacher was in the right in both this and the 9 year old in the comments case. it comes down to the children didn't realize that a fictional entity is not acceptable to write about, when asked for a hero in your life or an idol you admire past or present. So the teacher no doubt kindly corrected her tried to explain that one persons religion is another persons fiction so if and/or when it was to be shared out loud it would not make the other children uncomfortable . ( in grade school almost all my cousins must be read to the class so i am assuming it would be.)

As for the hate filled commentary by adamat34 no loss of God is not the cause of all evil . Morals should and do only come from inside a persons heart, they should not be enforced externally at fire and brimstone point. Because let me tell you I have met more criminals who believe in God or found religion then scientists what does that say about religion in general?

flood... flood1971

Thanks Brainy for reminding me of that! I just couldn't believe that ignorant comment of hers!

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