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NC school criticized after fake photo goes viral

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CERRO GORDO, N.C. — A North Carolina school district wants to set the record straight: They never told a student not to write about Jesus, despite a fake photo circulating on Facebook.

WWAY-TV reported that the Columbus County School District got more than 300 phone calls from across the country about the fake photo.

The photo was posted earlier this month, claiming that Cerro Gordo Elementary in Columbus County gave an “F” to a student who wanted to write about Jesus Christ as her hero.

The post has more than 28,000 shares, prompting more than 300 phone calls from people across the country, according to the school.

Cerro Gordo Elementary’s principal Kent Lovett said it all began earlier this year when a second grade teacher asked her students to write an essay about a hero. But the teacher never told the student not to write about Jesus.

The rumor started to circulate several months ago. A news outlet posted the photo of the student’s rough draft, saying the teacher rejected it.

Then, months later, someone posted a different photo of a paper with an “F” on it and the rumor started circulating again.

“Our teachers, no one at this school would ever tell a child that they cannot talk about Jesus Christ,” Lovett said.