.- Catholic League President Bill Donohue is writing to Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools, asking her to investigate a matter related to a substitute teacher who harassed a high school student for demonstrating a symbol of faith.
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21, a Catholic female student at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia, had her ashes wiped off her forehead by a substitute teacher. When the girl’s classmates protested, the teacher verbally attacked the girl making untrue and derisive statements about Catholicism.
Shaw replied that the principal resolved the matter. “The employee made an honest error in judgment,” he said in the substitute teacher’s defense, “and has been appropriately counseled and cautioned and I believe a similar incident will not be repeated.”
“For him to say that a teacher in his employ made ‘an honest error in judgment’ by wiping ashes off the forehead of a Catholic student on Ash Wednesday — and then berated her in front of her classmates — is beyond lame. It’s morally reprehensible,” Donohue said in a statement.
Donohue said his letter will be citing Georgia’s Code of Ethics for Educators and its section on Abuse of Students, which includes harassing behavior on the basis of religion.