‘You Lied’: Student Seeks Apology from School District Over Remarks About ‘God’ Question

Wooley-compressedKATY, Texas — A middle school student in Texas who made national headlines last month when she expressed concern to her local school board over an assignment that required her to deny the existence of God as fact is seeking an apology for what she says are “lies” that were disseminated by the district.

“I’m here to ask for the truth,” Jordan Wooley stated on Monday in again speaking to the board of the Katy Independent School District. “What you told everyone was not 100 percent true.”

As previously reported, Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, went before the board last month to outline that she was uncomfortable with the assignment as a Christian.

“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she said. “Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth.”

The assignment provided several statements about various subjects, and asked students to classify them as either a factual claim, a commonplace assertion or an opinion. The statement at issue simply said, “There is a God.”

Students were told that the correct answer is “commonplace assertion,” which is a “statement many people assume to be true but which may or may not be true.”

“When I tried to argue [in favor of God’s existence], she told me to prove it,” Wooley said.

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The Katy Independent School District investigated the matter, and soon released a statement declaring that the particular statement at issue was “unnecessary for achieving the instructional standard.” However, it asserted that the teacher herself is a Christian, and that the assignment had been misunderstood.

“Nothing that the principal has found supports the assertions that the teacher deliberately threatened [students], or tried to force them to deny God,” added Superintendent Alton Frailey at a press conference. “Was the activity graded? It was not graded. Was it 40 percent of their grade? Were the students told they had to deny God? No one corroborated that at all.”

But Wooley says that some of the district’s statements were untrue.

“You lied about saying the assignment was not graded when it originally was until my principal changed it,” she said in a statement before the board on Monday. “You lied about saying that they found no evidence to support my claims, when that is true too.”

Wooley stated that since the incident, she has been called names and told to kill herself. She quoted Scripture’s exhortation from 1 Peter 3:10 that those who wish to enjoy life should keep their lips from speaking lies, and pointed to Christ’s words from Matthew 10:33.

“Jesus Himself says, ‘Deny me in front of your peers, and I will deny you before My Father,'” Wooley noted. “So, what have I done wrong?”

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  • Nidalap

    Ha! Gotta love this kid! (^_^)

    • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

      Yes we gotta love her 🙂

    • The Last Trump

      Yes, what a sad state of affairs in America today when the children are calling out the adults for lying. And, of course, over religious freedoms regarding Christianity in Bizarro America.
      Kudos to her parents for raising such a bold, well educated, civil rights defending, Christian warrior who already knows at such a young age to hold those in authority fully accountable.
      Remember when America was full of kids like this?
      Ahhh yes, good times….good times.

    • tyler

      a kid and her mom who are complete liars? no thanks..
      this story is a complete fraud – look it up yourself (you won’t)

      • Nidalap

        Cite sources? (You didn’t) (^_^)

        • tyler

          I know I didn’t – posts with links in them get automatically flagged.
          If you are computer literate, look for the snopes article published for this article, or the dozen other credible articles regarding the fraud. (hint: this website and foxnews won’t talk about the fraud). just do a web search for the girl’s name

          • Nidalap

            Ha! A PUBLIC school assignment with the words “There is a God.” on it, which you could not say was fact and have it counted correct. She was correct in her assessment of the situation. Further, all it would take is for “fact” to have been the correct option to have you firmly on the other side of the argument! 🙂

      • rattboo

        Tyler; I looked it up on Snopes. The school and/or the teacher were not forthcoming about the “activity”; it clearly was an assignment worth 20 pts. Thanks to Josh Chapin, there was a picture of the assignment on Snopes. The assignment clearly states “part A 20 pts”. That’s a graded assignment. Also the school principle admitted that the “activity” was “ill conceived” and will “no longer be used at the school”. The “assignment” was not an “activity” it said “assignment” right on the paper. The school is not being honest. Thank you kindly, Tyler, for providing the link that refutes your opinion and personal attacks.

        • tyler

          “my teacher told me there is no god”

          that did not happen – her and her mother are liars.

        • lizk

          we are also taught in school to believe in evolution and you could not bring up creation, so students could make up their own minds.

        • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

          Snopes is antiChrist, libtard crap. don’t rely on those devils.

  • legaliis

    She certainly sounds 100% more intelligent then the suicide suitcase nut-bomber radio maker.

    • Dawn De Blois

      he was islamist… poorly educated – if educated at all, 3rd world, instructed from his youth not to question or deeply study what “Allah” has allegedly spoken so as to keep him dumb as a lamb and ready to die without question.

  • The Skeptical Chymist

    This was a poor choice of an example. I appreciate the teacher’s point that the existence of God is a commonplace assertion that may or may not be true. That position gives equal respect to the beliefs of all students in the classroom, and is not at all the same as saying that God is a myth, as the student seems to think. Even so, it would have been better for the teacher to avoid this example, simply because some people feel such certainty in their beliefs that they cannot acknowledge that others may feel equally certain in a different belief.

  • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

    I hope they Apologize to her.

    • The Last Trump

      It would be nice but highly unlikely.
      To do so would be to admit wrongdoing. And that can of worms would open them up to lawsuits for their blatant abuse of authority and infringement of religious liberties.
      And we know how much these cowards fear lawsuits don’t we!

      Every time a single atheist complains and threatens a lawsuit for merely saying “God bless you!” when someone sneezes…. God, the Bible, silent prayers, crosses, the letter “T”, the Christmas colours of red and green, Nativity scenes, trees, music, lights, and giving thanks are banned from school areas.

      But good news! Drugs, needles, pornography, gender confusion and condoms are in great supply! What a culture.

      • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

        Sadly you are right. They would rather have the drugs,needles,pornography,gender confusion and condoms. But not God or His Truth. What a world we now live in. I miss what we used to have. The good days seemed to be gone. It used to be The World Gone Crazy But now it is The World Gone Insane. Sigh.

  • Bondegus Mecenas

    The enemy satan is planting seed of doubt in the mind of the children just like he did with Eve in the beginning.

  • Tom Hanig

    Out of the mouths of babes, praise. halleluyah.

  • Dawn De Blois

    Jordan, you are a Warrior for Christ and I must commend you for using peaceful means. You reminded me of the apostle Paul with your boldness. You KNOW who your Father is and who your Savior is. Stand Steady and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You Are Here For A Purpose. Be not afraid, He will fight for you. JOSHUA 1:9

  • Rebecca

    Wooley deserves an apology and let’s fire that teacher. If it were a reverse situation people would be demanding an apology and a firing. Gotta be fair!!

  • RWH

    The problem is that her story has not been corroborated by anyone else in the class.

    • jmichael39

      guess you haven’t looked into this very much. Even Snopes has a copy of the assignment and shows it was worth 20pts. When even Snopes confirms it, you’re assertion is up a creek.

    • lizk

      I find a lot of people will not stand up for truth because they don’t want to stand out.

  • BarkingDawg

    I suspect that she is being pushed by her parents into this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.anziulewicz Chuck Anziulewicz

      Of course she is. Just like the parents at Westboro Baptist Church get their little children to hold those vile signs of theirs.

      • Oboehner

        Trollin’ trollin trollin.

  • rattboo

    This “teacher”, whoever he/she is, does not belong in that classroom. Forcing young children to go against their family’s religious beliefs is most certainly evil. As a teacher, if you are an agnostic, or atheist, keep that out of the classroom in a public school, period! From a technical, non-religious standpoint, using the word “myth” to define God, is incorrect. That teacher needs to learn to use a dictionary, and acquire some common sense. In the vernacular used in this country, myth refers to only non-religious stories. Look up tradition, legend, and myth in the dictionary. God is NOT a myth. This so-called “teacher” is twisting meanings and messing with young people. Bad news.

    • tyler

      haha! what complete hypocricy here when you said “if you are an agnostic, or atheist, keep that out of the classroom in a public school, period!” – that also goes for Christianity or any religious belief, you ding-dong!

      • rattboo

        Tyler, you should learn to read, and be more careful before you go off. I did NOT say that it was ok to have religion in a public classroom. Just because I did not mention Hinduism, the Muslim religion, Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity, Judaism, or any other religion by name, does NOT mean I approve or disapprove of any one or all. How did you conjure up that assumption? Did you assume that I am one of “those right wing Christians”? If so, be careful what you assume, dude. I am a Christian, but I’m not a “right wing extremist”. I was addressing the actions of this teacher as they were reported. Anyone trying to shove their beliefs upon children in a public school is wrong no matter what the religion or belief. Separation of church and state. A private school not run by the “state” is free to teach “religion” as they choose. If you don’t like that, don’t go to that school, and/or don’t send your kids to that school. You have a choice there. Use it.

        • tyler

          first of all, the teacher didn’t force the student to do anything even close to denying her religious beliefs. the student and her parent are liars, and this story is a fraud. check it out yourself – (sorry, you’ll have to find a different news source besides christiannews or foxnews).

          I know how to read, dude – and I stand by what I wrote – you are only calling out ‘atheists and agnostics’, which this teacher did not promote in any way, and you did not include that religion is also to be avoided in public schools. you made it sound one-sided by wording it that way. I’d suggest more reading to get your point across better next time. Good luck!

          • rattboo

            link to your source that proves “they are liars”.

          • rattboo

            “which this teacher did not promote in any way” you know that but does that youngster know that?

  • tyler

    if god or Jesus actually existed – they would punish her and her mother for lying and making up this story

    • Oboehner

      We know trolls exist.

  • BeBeX

    “it asserted that the teacher herself is a Christian” Say What????? How is that possible if the teacher denies there is a GOD? What a Precious 7th grader for knowing The Truth, maybe she should be teaching the class.

  • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

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