- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Memphis mother is outraged that her 10-year-old daughter wasn’t allowed to pick God as an idol for a school assignment.

Erca Shead said her 10-year-old daughter Erin, a student at Lucy Elementary in Memphis, Tenn., was told God was not an acceptable subject for the assignment, a local television station reported. Instead of God, her daughter chose Michael Jackson and that was reportedly accepted.

“It was so cute and innocent. She talked about how God created the earth and how she’s doing the best she can,” Miss Shead told WREG.

Miss Shead said her daughter wasn’t allowed to leave the assignment about God at school and that it must go home with her. After speaking to the principal on Wednesday, a school spokesman said teachers cannot promote religion, but there is no policy that prevents students from writing about any religion.

Miss Shead told WREG she is waiting to hear from the principal on what action, if any, will be taken. Spokesman Christian Ross said they wouldn’t comment out of respect for the student’s privacy.

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