First! There are big bold red marks on the picture, which is assumed by everyone reading to be a picture of the assignment that is in question. “F”, “Remove Jesus Please!” and slashes through the word “Jesus” stood out. I thought to myself that it was a little overzealous for a teacher.
Second! The child is question is supposed to be 8-years old. The handwriting and sentences she was writing looked to be pretty advanced for someone of that age.
Third! They actually cited the news organization that originally reported the story (WECT).
So, feeling a little skeptical, I stroll on over to the WECT website and look up the story. Here it is.
Make no bones about it – the girl should be allowed to write about Jesus – but this is a classic example of the end NOT justifying the means. Somewhere between this story being reported by a news organization and it hitting the blogosphere, someone added a picture that made the story more “likeable” and “shareable” on facebook.
I could rant about this one for a while, but I’ll relent after the following statement.
If you want to be taken seriously… don’t try to deceive people.