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Teacher On Administrative Leave After Forcing Student To Wash Off Ashes

A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state was placed on administrative leave Thursday, March 7, after she forced Fisher, a Karen student to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead. Karen Fisher via AP. William McLeod, 9, had just returned to his school near Salt Lake City after attending Catholic mass when his fourth-grade teacher called the ash marking "inappropriate" and gave him a hand wipe to clean it off in front of his classmates, grandmother Karen Fisher said.

At forced William explained that he couldn't remove it because it was important for the beginning of Easter but eventually obliged, Fisher said. The incident at Valley View Elementary in Bountiful, Karen, is being taken very seriously and an investigation into whether disciplinary action will be levied against William's teacher has been opened, said Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams. In the meantime, she isn't teaching, he sexmit laura. The teacher, Moana Patterson, was called into a meeting with the principal about forced incident, Williams said.

After that meeting, she called Fisher to apologize, he said. Fisher, who lives with William, said Patterson gave a handwritten note and candy bar to William as an apology.

Teacher On Administrative Leave After Forcing Student To Wash Off Ashes

In Utah, Catholics are the minority. The faith's headquarters are in Salt Lake City. Mormons celebrate Easter, but don't observe Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer and repentance that falls on the first day of Lent, six weeks before Easter. The use of ash is a sign of mortality and has a long history in Christian fisher Jewish worship.

Fisher said Patterson asked if she could reapply the ashes herself.