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Parent: daughter asked to re-do assignment after writing about Jesus

A parent is speaking out after she said her daughter's teacher rejected a rough draft of her paper where she wrote about her hero: Jesus. A parent is speaking out after she said her daughter's teacher rejected a rough draft of her paper where she wrote about her hero: Jesus.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A parent is speaking out after she said her daughter's teacher rejected a rough draft of her paper. The subject, her hero, Jesus.

Heather Watts said her daughter attends second grade at Cerro Gordo Elementary School in Columbus County. Watts said the teacher asked her 8-year-old daughter Ryleigh, "can't you write about something different?"

"I think she should have freedom to write about what she wants to write about," the disgruntled mother said. "If she wants to write about Jesus, she should write about Jesus."

Watts said this question is threatening her daughter's First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

A statement from the school denies the incident: 

"After speaking with both the teacher and the principal, we have learned that students were not restricted from writing on any topic of their choosing. Columbus County Schools encourages student expression in all aspects of our educational program. We also have an open-door policy, and encourage our parents and guardians to contact or visit their child's school to address any concerns."

After meeting with her daughter's principal and teacher, Watts said the issue has not been resolved and Ryleigh is still being asked to write about something different.

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