KATY, Texas – While the adults running the Katy, Texas school district are trying to move on from their botched cover-up involving a controversial classroom lesson, a 12-year-old student isn’t letting them.
West Memorial Junior High 7th grader Jordan Wooley appeared before the Katy ISD school board Monday and called them “liars” over their role in the handling of a lesson in which students were to say God was “a myth,” or take a failing grade.
“You tried to cover up the incident. You tried to twist your words to where it was hard to find the truth,” Jordan said from the podium, Fox 26 reports. “You called me a liar without using the word liar.”
“If anything has been said that was wrong it was your words, not mine,” Wooley said. “You lied about saying the assignment was not graded, although it originally was, until the principal changed it.”
She told the board she was told to kill herself and called words “I’m not allowed to say.”
“I’m not asking for much, all I’m asking for is the truth and an apology for lying,” she said.
Jordan was cut off mid-sentence after one minute and 45 seconds and was not able to complete her statement, according to parent activist Alice Linehan.
“She was strong yet respectful and received a standing ovation,” Linehan says.
Other parents appreciated Jordan’s remarks and dispute Superintendent Alton Frailey’s account of events.
Despite initially apologizing for the assignment, Frailey later said at a press conference, “If I had any reason to believe, or evidence to support, that a teacher did what has been alleged, I would stand with Jordan as well.
“But the assertions are just not true.”
Some parents disputed that notion.
“My daughter’s and Jordan’s accounts are the same,” Leticia James told Fox 26 after the school board meeting. “So the truth is there.”
Wooley originally appeared before the school board October 26 to tell them about the assignment.
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real. Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth,” Wooley told board members.
The teacher, “started telling kids they were completely wrong and that when kids argued we were told we would get in trouble. When I tried to argue, she told me to prove it, and I tried to reference things such as the Bible and stories I have read before from people who have died and went to heaven but came back and told their stories, and she told me both were just things people were doing to get attention.
“I know it wasn’t just me who was affected by it. My friend, she went home and started crying. She was supposed to come with me but she didn’t know if she could” because she was so upset, Wooley said.