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5th Grader Wins Fight To Write About God

Last month, fifth grader Erin Shead was assigned to write an essay about her idol. When she chose God, her paper was rejected and called unconstitutional.
MILLINGTON, TN (localmemphis.com)-- A 10-year-old Shelby County Schools student is speaking out about the battle she just won to write about her belief in God.

Erin Shead attends Lucy Elementary School. Last month, the fifth grader was assigned to write an essay about her idol. When she chose God, her paper was rejected and called unconstitutional.

That didn't stop Erin. She wrote two papers.

"God will always make me do the right thing. He will make me be the best that I can be," two of the lines Erin wrote in her paper.

They're words she believes. Her 5th grade essay took minutes to write, but weeks to turn in.

Her teacher gave the class assignment in September. "She said choose the person who you look up to," Erin remembers. But when she chose God, she was told she couldn't do that.

"I was sad. I was just looking like, why can't I do it? I raised my hand and tried to ask her again but she still said no."

So Erin completed two assignments, one on God and another on Michael Jackson, one of her favorite singers.

"She said you can't turn this one in, but you can give me the Michael Jackson project." Erin says her teacher wouldn't let her keep her paper on God at school.

That's when Erin's mom Erica got involved.

"Once the school did not accept it, I got in touch with Jeremy Dys with the Liberty Institute," Erica says. "Erin's right was violated as a Christian. As Christians we still have rights. I want everyone to know it and let this be an example. We're gonna still speak up, still stand strong."

With the lawyer's help, Erin was just allowed to turn her paper in this week.

"I was happy," Erin smiles. "It should go in a frame on the wall."

"I think that's great," her mom laughs. "That's why I got her paper copied and blown up for her so it could be a reminder. We're gonna put the original one in a frame too."

If you're wondering, Erin earned an A on her paper.
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