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Utah student student wash wash Ash Wednesday cross

A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she was forced to wash the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.William McLeod, 9, had just returned to his school near Salt Lake City after attending Catholic mass when his fourth-grade teacher called ash marking "inappropriate" and gave him a hand to wipe it off in front of his classmates, grandmother Karen Fisher said.At first William explained that he couldn Fisher said, "It was important for the beginning of Easter but eventually obliged," Fisher said. "He went to see the school's psychologist crying," said Fisher. "He was embarrassed."The incident at Valley View Elementary in Bountiful, Utah, has been very seriously investigated into whether disciplinary action will be enforced against William's teacher has been opened, said Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams. In the meantime, she wasn't teaching, he said."The actions were unacceptable," Williams said. "No student should ever be asked or required to remove an ash from his or her forehead."The teacher, Moana Patterson, was named in the meeting with the principal of the incident, Williams said.Fisher, who lives with William, said Patterson gave a handwritten note and candy bar to William as an apologyPatterson didn't immediately return to an email comment about the incidentWilliams said he doesn't know Patterson's religious affiliation. . The 330,000 Catholics in the state account for about 1Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints account for about two-thirds of the state. The faith's headquarters are in Salt…

A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she was forced to wash the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.

William McLeod, 9, had just returned to his school near Salt Lake City after attending Catholic mass when his fourth-grade teacher called ash marking “inappropriate” and gave him a hand to wipe it off in front of his classmates, grandmother Karen Fisher said.

At first William explained that he couldn Fisher said, “It was important for the beginning of Easter but eventually obliged,” Fisher said. “He went to see the school’s psychologist crying,” said Fisher. “He was embarrassed.”

The incident at Valley View Elementary in Bountiful, Utah, has been very seriously investigated into whether disciplinary action will be enforced against William’s teacher has been opened, said Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams. In the meantime, she wasn’t teaching, he said.

“The actions were unacceptable,” Williams said. “No student should ever be asked or required to remove an ash from his or her forehead.”

The teacher, Moana Patterson, was named in the meeting with the principal of the incident, Williams said.

Fisher, who lives with William, said Patterson gave a handwritten note and candy bar to William as an apology

Patterson didn’t immediately return to an email comment about the incident

Williams said he doesn’t know Patterson’s religious affiliation. . The 330,000 Catholics in the state account for about 1

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints account for about two-thirds of the state. The faith’s headquarters are in Salt Lake City

Mormons celebrate Easter, but don’t observe Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer and repentance that falls on the first day of spring, six weeks before Easter. The use of ash is a sign of mortality and has a long history in Christian and Jewish worship.

“We understand that mistakes happen,” Hill said in a statement. “The diocese is also very grateful to the young student who used the situation to educate his teacher about a part of his faith and his importance to him.” Fisher said Patterson asked if she could reapply the ashes herself. “The duty here is not how it works,” Fisher said.

The school district’s director of educational equity, who happens to be a Catholic deacon, came to school to reapply the ashes, Williams said.

” Learning about one another is one way we build community across religious, political, racial, ethnic and other borders, “Hill said.

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This version of the story clarifies that the Catholic deacon is a member of the school district.

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