Clinton grandmother angry about God comment at grandson's school

Clinton grandmother angry about God comment at grandson's school

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Lois Sanders says her grandson came home last Wednesday upset that a teacher had told him there was no God. Lois Sanders says her grandson came home last Wednesday upset that a teacher had told him there was no God.
Lois Sanders' grandson is a student at North Clinton Elementary School. Lois Sanders' grandson is a student at North Clinton Elementary School.
Dr. Vicki Violette, director of Clinton City Schools, says there was a miscommunication. Dr. Vicki Violette, director of Clinton City Schools, says there was a miscommunication.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - The grandmother of an Anderson County child is furious after she says a teacher told her grandchild there was no God.

The incident happened at North Clinton Elementary School last week.

6 News is not identifying the teacher because she is not being reprimanded for what she said.  

Lois Sanders says her grandson came home last Wednesday upset about what a teacher had said at school.

"There wasn't a God," said Sanders. "They shouldn't believe in him. It's just a Greek myth."    

Sanders says she feels school officials should do something about what the instructor is saying.

"Whether you believe in, or you don't believe in it, you know, that's your own personal belief, but don't go and try to teach other parents' children, grandchildren your beliefs," said Sanders. "That's no place in school for doing that."         

Dr. Vicki Violette, director of Clinton City Schools, says there is another side to this story.

"We did have a situation where a teacher was explaining about the solar system and a question came up of how it was created," said Dr. Violette. "She did share that we have the Big Bang theory. We have the God theory. I think in that conversation that there were some things that were miscommunicated and the students went home and shared that with the parents."    

Dr. Violette says the teacher was asked to explain again what she meant about those comments to the students, and that no more action will be taken in this matter.

"I'm hoping that given time, that emotions will calm down and that we can get this issue behind us," said Dr. Violette.

Sanders says she feels more needs to be done.

"I would like for her resignation," said Sanders. "She stepped way over the line."

Sanders says her son, the child's father, is thinking about filing a lawsuit against the school system about what the teacher said.     

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