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Adult Teacher Publicly Persecutes, Mocks, Abuses 4th Grade Child on Ash Wednesday

Fox News In Utah, (and other networks) is reporting:

A Utah boy and his grandmother are speaking out after a teacher told him to wash the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.

William McLeod, a fourth grader at Valley View Elementary School, received the ash marking Wednesday morning for the Catholic religious day that signals the start of the Lenten season.

On "The Story," William explained that his teacher - apparently unaware of the Catholic ritual - asked him what the marking was.

He twice tried to explain that he got it for the Catholic religious holiday, but she forced him to wipe the "inappropriate" ashes off with a disinfectant wipe.

William said he was upset by the incident and he was crying when he went to see the school psychologist because he thought he was in trouble.

William's grandmother, Karen Fisher, said she got a call from the school's principal and she was "plenty angry."

She said she later received a call from the teacher, and she apologized and asked what could be done to rectify the situation.