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Utah teacher forces student to wash away Ash Wednesday Cross

SALT LAKE CITY – A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she forced a Catholic student to wash away the Ash cross from the forehead. William McLeod, 9, had just returned to his school near Salt Lake City after taking part in Catholic mass when his fourth class teacher called the box labeled "inappropriate" and gave him a hand dry to clean it off for his classmates. said Grandma Karen Fisher. At first William explained that he could not remove it because it was important for the beginning of Easter but eventually guilty, Fisher said. "He went to see the school's psychologist cry," Fisher said. "He was embarrassed." The incident at Valley View Elementary in Bountiful, Utah, is taken very seriously and an investigation into whether disciplinary action will be taken against Williams's teachers has been opened, said spokesman Chris Williams, Davis School District. In the meantime, she doesn't teach, he said. "The measures were unacceptable," says Williams. "No student should ever be asked or required to remove an ash cross from his or her forehead." Teacher Moana Patterson was called to a meeting with the principal and the school of the incident, Williams said. After that meeting, she called Fisher to apologize, he said. Fisher, who lives with William, said that Patterson gave a handwritten note and sweets to William as an excuse. Patterson did not immediately give an email search comment on the event. Williams said he didn't know Patterson's…

SALT LAKE CITY – A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she forced a Catholic student to wash away the Ash cross from the forehead.

William McLeod, 9, had just returned to his school near Salt Lake City after taking part in Catholic mass when his fourth class teacher called the box labeled “inappropriate” and gave him a hand dry to clean it off for his classmates. said Grandma Karen Fisher.

At first William explained that he could not remove it because it was important for the beginning of Easter but eventually guilty, Fisher said.

“He went to see the school’s psychologist cry,” Fisher said. “He was embarrassed.”

The incident at Valley View Elementary in Bountiful, Utah, is taken very seriously and an investigation into whether disciplinary action will be taken against Williams’s teachers has been opened, said spokesman Chris Williams, Davis School District. In the meantime, she doesn’t teach, he said.

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

Teacher Moana Patterson was called to a meeting with the principal and the school of the incident, Williams said. After that meeting, she called Fisher to apologize, he said.

Fisher, who lives with William, said that Patterson gave a handwritten note and sweets to William as an excuse.

Patterson did not immediately give an email search comment on the event.

Williams said he didn’t know Patterson’s religious affiliation.

In Utah, Catholics are the minority. The 330,000 Catholics in the state account for about 1

0 percent of the population, according to Jean Hill at the Catholic Foundation in Salt Lake City.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church account for about two-thirds of the state. Tros Headquarters is located in Salt Lake City.

Mormons celebrate Easter, but do not observe Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer and repentance that falls on the first day of the loan, 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 are happening,” Hill said in a statement. “The foundation is also very grateful to the young student who used the situation to educate his teacher about some of his beliefs and significance for him.”

Fisher said Patterson asked if she could reuse the ashes herself.

“I told her it’s not how it works,” Fisher said.

A Catholic deacon who happens to be a member of the school came to school to reuse the ashes, Williams said.

“Learning about each other is one way we build society on religious, political, racial, ethnic, and other borders,” Hill says.

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