School apologizes for censoring Bible verse in homework

(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Somerset Academy apologized Friday to a 12-year-old student who had been denied the use of a Bible verse in a school project in February, according to the Liberty Institute, which represents her family.

Sixth-grader Mackenzie Fraiser had originally been told by a teacher at the North Las Vegas public charter school that she couldn’t use the John 3:16 verse in a PowerPoint presentation titled “All About Me,” which had to include an “inspirational saying,” Liberty Institute said.

When Mackenzie’s father, a pastor, found out about the incident in late April, he contacted the school and received a letter from Assistant Principal Jenyan Martinez telling him that when Mackenzie submitted the project, “the matter became one of having a captive audience that would be subject to her religious beliefs.”

Mackenzie on Friday was being allowed to resubmit the project with the verse included, the Liberty Institute said.



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