A public elementary school teacher was punished for wearing a "Just Pray" t-shirt that was sold to support a student with an inoperable brain tumor.
Alabama teacher Chris Burrell, who teaches third graders at Pearl Haskel Elementary School, located in Irvington, was sent home to change clothes.
Burrell said she wore the shirt as a "feel good shirt" during student testing.
The teacher acknowledged on a since-deleted Facebook post that district policy forbids teachers from wearing clothing that promotes religion but stated, too, that her heart hurts over the issue.
She did not face any disciplinary issues from the school district.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says the teacher has every right to wear the shirt.
"It's unreasonable," he says, "for the school to think that the phrase 'Just Pray' is somehow the endorsement of a particular religion by the government."
Instead, he adds, the phrase is a broad statement that doesn't conflict with claims of government-endorsed religion.
Responding to a school official's claim that the school must be "cognizant of other's beliefs," Dacus tells OneNewsNow the school is offending people of faith and people who believe in free speech.