Jordan Wooley, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High in Katy, calmly testified at a school district hearing Tuesday after a bizarre reading assignment asked the class to say God wasn’t real and left several students in tears.
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she says at the podium, addressing eight members of the panel. “We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth.”
The assignment laid out several statements, including “There is a God,” and prompted students to weed out the facts from the opinions.
Youngsters who said the statement was a fact or opinion were flat out told they were “wrong,” Jordan said. When kids would argue, she told them that we would get in trouble,” the little girl said during her 5-minute testimony. “When I tried to argue, she told me to prove it.”
Jordan cited the Bible and stories about people coming back from Heaven. Her teacher slammed both, saying they were just “things that people were doing to get attention.” Those who wouldn’t be swayed on their beliefs turned in their assignments, saying it was a fact that God exists.
Their answers were crossed out several times, Jordan said. “I know that it wasn’t just me who was affected by it. My friend she went home and she started crying,” Jordan said. “She was actually supposed to come with me (to testify) but she didn’t think she could.”
Several members of the Katy Independent School District called the girl courageous for giving her side of the story.
“Very brave of you,” one said. “Good job.”
Video of her testimony has been viewed nearly 200,000 times on Facebook, where it was captioned, “Bravery!”