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By: Fil Alvarado

Adapted for Web by: Tracy Delatte

Dallas News |
A Denton teacher allegedly refused to grade two student reports because they were about guns. Now one mother is demanded answers and an apology.

Marshall Williams said he and his classmates were told by Mr. Dewey Christian at Denton High School to write a report on anything that they were interested in using different types of sentence structures. He chose to write about the Fort Worth gun show.

But then he said his English teacher told him he would get a zero on the assignment because of the topic.

Williams’ mom confronted the teacher. She asked him if he had outlined any criteria for the topic and posted a video of his response on YouTube.

“So because it had guns in it you refused to grade it?” Kimberly Williams asked.

“Not just guns, but you see we’ve had a certain amount of violence and things in schools…” Christian replied.

“I’m not asking you about that. I’m asking you about the subject matter of his paper and why you took issue with it,” the mother said.

“The problem was not the subject matter…” the teacher said.

“You just told me it was the subject matter,” the mother said.

The family demanded an apology.

The Denton Independent School District said in a statement, “The teacher has accepted the paper and apologized to the student for misperceptions. The teacher’s intent was for guns not to be trivialized in any school situation because of recent events.”

“I don’t feel like I’ve gotten an apology yet. I feel like he has just stomped on our right to free speech. He told us we would not be allowed to express ourselves and didn’t even consider what we had said. He didn’t have a clue of the content of my paper before he told me… he just knew that my paper was about guns before he told me that I would be getting a zero on the assignment,” Marshall Williams said.

His mother called it blatant censorship based on personal moral beliefs.

“If it went against any district policy I would support it completely, but it doesn’t. It’s just his own moral beliefs trying to be put in his classroom and I disagree with that,” Kimberly Williams said.

Her son said he wrote about going to the gun show because it was something he enjoyed, the paper didn’t mention anything political about guns or even shooting guns.


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  • Mike Butler

    This so-called teacher is an IDIOT, and should not be allowed to influence young minds. What in the HELL does a gun show have to do with VIOLENCE???? Has anyone ever heard about violence at a gun show??? Seriously??? Ever??? [crickets]

  • Red Wing Fan Jan

    So did the brainless liberal teacher think that if you wrote about guns they would shoot someone??? Kudos to the Mother who stood up to Mr. Christian. She really showed him to be the idiot that he is.

  • Marc Albertario
  • Cutenu2

    If he felt so strongly, he shouldn’t have let them read it in class and just graded it anyway. Free speech was not infringed upon, as the mother stated. The teacher handled it wrong which gave fuel to the fire. If someone wrote about child molestation, or porn, I think he would have felt the same way. In the end, the kids didn’t write anything wrong, but the teacher went overboard when he heard the word “gun”.

  • Gungirl

    Pro-gun teacher here! One of my students had a real break through in writing last year when he started writing about hunting. He also has a severe learning disability but forces himself to read because his Dad told him if he wanted to pass hunter safety he needed to be able to read. A teachers job is to educate not indoctrinate.


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