Utah teacher apologizes for making Catholic student remove the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead

By | August 23, 2019


Utah teacher apologizes for making Catholic student remove the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead The Utah teacher on administrative leave for making a nine year old Catholic student wash the Ash Wednesday cross off his forehead, has apologized for the incident, characterizing it as a misunderstanding. Moana Patterson, who teaches fourth grade at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, said Monday that she thought the ash cross was just dirt, not a religious symbol, when she gave her nine year old student William McLeod a wet wipe and demanded he clean it off. William told Salt Lake Citys  six days ago that he explained to his teacher multiple times the black mark on his forehead was for a religious observance. Patterson denied knowing that on Monday. Moana Patterson, who teaches fourth grade at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, told reporters on Monday that she didnt know the ash cross not a religious symbol William McCleod, 9, said that he had explained to his teacher multiple times the black mark on his forehead was for a religious observance My entire life has been centered around respecting diversity, Patterson said during a press conference at Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City where she stood surrounded by supportive parents and students holding signs. I would never intentionally disrespect any religion or any sacred symbol.   Utah is a predominantly Mormon state, with Members of the affiliated Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints making up about two thirds of the population. Mormons dont celebrate Ash Wednesday. Republican state Sen. Todd Weiler, who represent the Bountiful region, said Pattersons faux pas is what happens when people arent exposed to other cultures or religions. Its not always necessarily mean spirited, Weiler said. My entire life has been centered around respecting diversity, Patterson said during a press conference at Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City where she stood surrounded by supportive parents and students holding signs  Valley View Elementary School students show support for teacher Moana Patterson at a news conference in Salt Lake City Patterson departed the news conferences after reading her prepared statement, taking no questions from reporters.  The boys grandmother, Karen Fisher, said she doesnt want Patterson fired, but suggested she didnt completely believe the teachers explanation for her actions.  Its kind of hard to swallow, a little, for me, Fisher said. There needs to be training for all religions, all beliefs. William had just attended Catholic mass before returning to school where Patterson confronted him and called his ash marking inappropriate before giving him a hand wipe and demanding he clean it off in front of his classmates, the boys grandmother said.  William said he received candy and a handwritten note pictured from his teacher that read: William, I am so sorry. I hope we can move things from here Patterson was called into a meeting with the principal and the school board about the incident and called Fisher to apologize, Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said last week.  The Davis School District opened an investigation into Pattersons action and placed her on paid administrative leave.  William said he later received candy and a handwritten note from his teacher that read: William, I am so sorry. I hope we can move things from here.  An estimated 330,000 Catholics live in Utah, making up about 10 percent of the states population, according to Salt Lake City Catholic Diocese spokeswoman Jean Hill. Patterson right has been on leave since March 6 for telling William McLeod left the ash cross on his forehead was inappropriate The Davis School District is currently conducting an investigation and said the Valley View Elementary School teacher could face consequences Tiffany Ivan Spence, who said shes a parent of one of Williams classmates, said she also thought the cross on the boys forehead was dirt. She said it was a misunderstanding and not an attack against religion. He came into my home and to me it looked just like a smudge, Ivan Spence said. When I first saw Will, my instinct was to also hand him a wipe. It would have been common sense for any person who cares about children to help them if they didnt know they had that on their head.   Williams said there are no updates about the districts ongoing investigation into the incident. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Well ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. 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4 thoughts on “Utah teacher apologizes for making Catholic student remove the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead

  1. Martie Jernegan Post author

    Lier she knew what it ment. He told her.

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  2. Ray Maresh Post author

    The teacher is a liar. She should be fired just for lieing.

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  3. Gerald O'Hare Post author

    Who in this day and age with a college education does not know about Ash Wednesday?

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