Religion

Child Punished At Preschool After Not Saying 'Amen'

| by Michael Allen

A three-year-old child, who didn't say "Amen," was not allowed to leave a table after lunch at an independently operated Christian preschool in Sweden earlier this year.

An anonymous person filed a report claiming it was a violation of the student’s religious freedom with Sweden's School Inspectorate in October, reports the newspaper Folkbladet according to The Local SE.

The child reportedly had to sit at the table until their parent picked them up from school at the end of the day.

The School Inspectorate told The Local SE that the governing body doesn't have jurisdiction over independent preschools, and that the local municipality would have to investigate.

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The school told the local municipality that the incident happened only one time, a sentiment that was echoed by the head of the preschool to Folkbladet:

It was a one time thing. We sat at the snack table, and the child did not want to follow instructions but instead do its own thing. Then the child was told to stay there until it would communicate. But the child was made to sit there a bit too long. We should have stopped earlier.

In the U.S., Brigham Young University-Idaho student Waverly Giles recently recieved a "zero" for a photograph assignment because she took pictures of a woman with bare shoulders, who was wearing a tube top, reported KUTV.

Giles tweeted on Nov. 29: "My photographs meet all of the criteria, but my professor gave me a 0 because he couldn't see past her visible shoulders."

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According to Giles, her teacher told her the photos were "creative," but "so inappropriate (she) would photograph a naked girl" (who was not naked).

"It’s very frustrating," Giles told KUTV. "I feel my professor might be doing a disservice by not being able to look at my art objectively. It was implied nudity, there isn’t even nudity, there is just collarbone."

The photos reportedly violated the school dress code, which states: "For women: clothing is immodest when it is sleeveless, does not cover the stomach or is low-cut in the front or back."

"I was not warned beforehand that the dress code or honor code applied," Giles recalled.

The teacher of the Foundations of the Humanities 1010 course wrote that Giles' project "did not meet criteria for assignment and I have no idea what to do with these (photos). They’re artistic but …"

Giles told the news station:

The thing that bothers me is that he didn’t give me a grade because of the bare shoulders.

If I had known he didn’t want to see bare shoulders … and follow the dress standards, I could have done something else. It was not ever made known to me that it was an expectation.

BYU-I refused to comment on Giles because the school's own policy prevents the school from speaking about student academic performance.

The teacher didn't comment to KUTV.

Giles later tweeted that her teacher was going to give her a second attempt to do the project.

Sources: The Local SE,  KUTV / Photo Credit: MD052593/Wikimedia

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