1st-grader's censorship stirs community response

Monday, December 10, 2012
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

ADF and members of a North Carolina community are stepping in on behalf of a first-grader who was forced to remove a sentence referencing God from a Veterans Day poem she wrote to honor her grandfathers.

Sharp, Matt (ADF)In a poem written as a tribute to her grandfathers' military service, the West Marion Elementary student wrote, "He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength." But as Matt Sharp of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) reports, the school found that unacceptable.

"To be told that because she made a reference to the fact that her grandfathers prayed while they were serving in these difficult battles and whatnot, and then to be told that's offensive; that can't be included if you want to be able to read it out loud to the rest of the members that would be attending the celebration, I think would be very traumatic for this young girl," the attorney submits.

Members of the community seem to agree, as they have come to girl's defense.

"I know they have attended several school board meetings to voice their concerns about this, to voice their opposition to this type of censorship," Sharp relays. "It's encouraging to see citizens stepping up on behalf of this young girl and taking this issue to the board."

ADF has also intervened, requesting that the district change its policies to ensure unconstitutional censorship will not happen again.

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