But Shead said her daughter’s teacher objected to the choice and told her she could not use God as an idol for the assignment.
Erin told her mom that it had something to do with religion - that God could not be her idol. The teacher then allegedly told the child that she had to take the paper about God home – because it could not remain on school property.
“How can you tell this baby – that’s a Christian – what she can say and what she can’t say?” Shead asked.
The teacher approved of Erin’s second choice — Michael Jackson.
Shead told WREG she met with the principal and still has questions about what happened.
“I told the principal this morning, would it be better if she wrote about Ellen Degeneres?” she said. “Of course there was no comment.”
Christian Ross, a spokesman for Shelby County Schools, told Fox News ”teachers are prohibited from promoting religious beliefs in the classroom.”
However he said the district does not have a policy that prohibits a student from expressing religious beliefs in class assignments.
If that’s the case, why was Erin Shead not allowed to write about God?
Ross did not provide an answer.
“This incident has been addressed at the school-level, and the principal has contacted parents of the student regarding their concerns,” he said. “Out of respect for and in order to protect the privacy of individual students and staff, the district is not commenting further on this matter.”