An Ontario teacher is under investigation after dredging up a 25-year-old song by British new wave band XTC for his elementary school's poetry class.
John Orme introduced the song "Dear God" to his grades 6 and 7 classes at Gordon Price School in Hamilton and asked them to elaborate on the lyrics, which question the existence of God by citing human suffering on Earth.
It left one 12-year-old girl in tears and her mother, Amanda Griffiths, saying it's inappropriate for students younger than university age.
"I hate this because I believe in God and always will," responded her daughter Kelsey, who was raised Roman Catholic, in a Hamilton Spectator story.
A formal complaint was filed against Orme, who has been suspended by the public school board pending an investigation. A supply teacher has replaced him.
The song was initially left off the band's 1986 album because singer-songwriter Andy Partridge didn't think he adequately addressed the weighty subject of questioning belief in a higherRead More »from XTC song ‘Dear God’ gets Hamilton elementary school teacher suspended after complaint