Teacher tells student she can't write about God
(FOX NEWS) -- A Tennessee mom is looking for answers after her daughter's teacher refused to let the child write about God for a school assignment.
Erin Shead, a 10-year-old student at Lucy Elementary School in Millington, was assigned to write about someone she idolized. The girl, who is a Christian, decided to write about God.
"I look up to God," she wrote. "I love him and Jesus, and Jesus is His earthly son. I also love Jesus."
The youngster also said that God would "always be the #1 person I look up to."
"It was so cute and innocent," Erica Shead told television station WREG. "She talked about how God created the Earth."
But Shead said her daughter's teacher objected to the choice and told her she could not use God as an idol for the assignment.
Erin told her mom that it had something to do with religion - that God could not be her idol. The teacher then allegedly told the child that she had to take the paper about God home - because it could not remain on school property.
"How can you tell this baby - that's a Christian - what she can say and what she can't say?" Shead asked.
The teacher approved of Erin's second choice -- Michael Jackson.
Shead told WREG she met with the principal and still has questions about what happened.
"I told the principal this morning, would it be better if she wrote about Ellen Degeneres?" she said. "Of course there was no comment."
Christian Ross, a spokesman for Shelby County Schools, told Fox News "teachers are prohibited from promoting religious beliefs in the classroom."
However he said the district does not have a policy that prohibits a student from expressing religious beliefs in class assignments.
If that's the case, why was Erin Shead not allowed to write about God?
Ross did not provide an answer.
"This incident has been addressed at the school-level, and the principal has contacted parents of the student regarding their concerns," he said. "Out of respect for and in order to protect the privacy of individual students and staff, the district is not commenting further on this matter."