Students Walk Out Of Class Over Teacher's Religious Film

| by Sheena Vasani
Scene From "The Passion Of The Christ"Scene From "The Passion Of The Christ"

Officials at a Little Rock, Arkansas, school suspended a teacher after he played a religious film for his students to watch March 29.

Greg Hendrix, a history teacher at Wilbur D. Mills High School, had students watch the R-rated film, "The Passion of the Christ" all week, reports THV11. The movie choice offended some students.

"It was weird," student Kristina Coffman said. "He shouldn't have done it because there are a lot of students that have different religions. It just didn't feel right."

According to Coffman, she and five other students ended up walking out of the class.

"They were like, 'This doesn't feel right,'" she said. "They just didn't want to be in there."

"It's religious proselytization," Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU chapter in Arkansas, said. "It has nothing to do with the class, which is history since 1890."

"Kids having the religious liberty in school means they can express their religious views," she added. "It doesn't mean the teacher can."

The ACLU said they are considering filing an ethics complaint with the state.

A taped recording of the incident reveals the teacher has previously tried to impose his political beliefs onto the students, railing against political correctness.

"He said that that Liberals and Democrats were trying to violate their first amendment rights," Sklar said.

The school district suspended the teacher following the fim incident.

"The Pulaski County Special School District can confirm there was an incident involving allegations of inappropriate discussion in a classroom by a teacher at Mills University Studies High School that has prompted questions by the ACLU," the district said in a statement. "The teacher involved has been suspended with pay pending an investigation by the district, which is underway at this time. Because this is a personnel issue, the district is limited, legally in what we can say beyond that at this time."

This is not the first time Hendrix has gotten in trouble.

In October 2014, Bentonville High School fired Hendrix, then a ninth grade football coach, after he called a student a "queer for quitting the football team and joining cheer," KFSM/KXNW reported at the time.

Sources: THV11KFSM/KXNW / Photo Credit: TweakTown, Waiting For The Word/Flickr


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