A Texas girl spoke out after her teacher alleged made her say “God is a myth,” has experienced fallout for standing up for herself and her beliefs.
Twelve-year-old Jordan Wooley says she has been bullied and told to kill herself following media coverage of her story.
It started when Wooley's teacher assigned a quiz at Katy, Texas's West Memorial Junior High School asking students to label statements as “fact, assertion, or opinion.”
Statements included “America is the most free country on Earth,” and “there is a God.” Jordan labeled the latter as “fact,” and her teacher told her to mark it otherwise, or face an “F” grade.
The Katy Independent School District claimed that it never happened and that Wooley's story could not be verified. But Wooley would not relent, calling the school board “liars,” and demanding an apology in a statement on Monday.
She told the board exactly what happened, in her own words:
"Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real. 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."
Appearing on “Fox and Friends Weekend,” she described to Clayton Morris what she's experienced since the situation unfolded:
“A few people have told me to kill myself, people have told me things I'm not allowed to say. I've lost a few of my close friends, but that's what will happen.”
When Morris asks her if she's thought of giving up, however, Wooly gives a resolute “no”:
“I'm going to keep going until something gets done, and until something gets done, I'm not going to stop.”
After an investigation, the Katy Independent School District determined that the teacher accused by Wooley of attacking her faith did not force students to deny the existence of God. But Superintendent Alton Frailey did release this statement:
“We know and fully agree that an item included in the activity worksheet was inappropriate and wrong. For that, we sincerely apologize.”
The school has since promised never again to issue the quiz in question.