Utah Teacher Put on Leave After Making Student Wash off Ash Wednesday Cross

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This story broke last week, but I never got around to it. Just as well. There’s news. A student who went to school after Ash Wednesday Mass arrived with an ash cross on his forehead. His teacher ignored the student’s pleas about his faith and made him wash it off. That teacher is now on administrative leave.

Student William McLeod, who is Catholic, was left crying and embarrassed by the experience in a Davis School District classroom, grandmother Karen Fisher said. The teacher told McLeod that the cross was inappropriate and forced him to wash it off, according to Fisher’s account of the incident.

“We take the matter very seriously and are investigating the situation. The teacher is currently on administrative leave,” Davis School District spokesman Christopher Williams told USA TODAY in a written statement on Thursday.

The lack of coverage by national media (outside of Fox News) captured the attention of Legal Insurrection.

Interestingly, the coverage of the story seems to be limited to Fox News, local stations, and Christian media. One has to wonder what would have happened if a similar situation arose with a practice being followed by a Muslim or Wiccan student? Would it have been a press firestorm pointing out how deplorable a red state educational institution is?

We don’t even need to go that far. Your average transitioning “boy” in the girl’s bathroom story incites hour after hour of navel-gazing. Endless speculations about bigotry. Is this the sort of country we want? But when a child has his first amendment rights violated in front of his entire class, crickets.

Sadly there is nothing new to see here. And no, New Hampshire is no different. Which might be why GraniteGrok is growing so quickly.

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