KATY, 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.
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?”