A South Carolina elementary school has apologized after a fourth-grade teacher omitted the words “under God” from a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance she handed out to students.
Jessica Andrews, whose daughter attends Chukker Creek Elementary School in Aiken, said she was shocked when her daughter showed her a copy of the pledge without any mention of God.
“We are so quick to change our religion to accommodate everyone else,” she told Fox News’ Todd Starnes. “It’s outrageous, to be honest. It seems like the government is doing everything they can to take God out of everything.”
The school’s principal, Amy Gregory, said Tuesday that the omission was not meant as some sort of political statement, and that the teacher simply made a copy-and-pasting error.
“This was a single mistake by a very embarrassed and apologetic teacher,” she said in a statement to Fox News.
“In order to assist her new students with our morning announcements, a teacher made copies of the pledge and national anthem for her class,” she said. “She cut and pasted these from a website and in doing so, this line was omitted.”
The principal said the teacher has sent a corrected version of the pledge to parents, along with an apology.
“I do apologize,” the teacher wrote, Fox News reported. “Please forgive me. I respect our country and what it was founded on.”
Miss Andrews said she used the incident as a life lesson for her daughter.
“I told her the government and a lot of people don’t like God,” she told Fox News. “Some people are offended by Christianity. I try to be as real with my kids about their faith as I can be. I don’t want to sugarcoat everything.”