Parent Says Chatham County Public School Teacher Bullied Daughter For Faith

Ryne Smith speaking at the Chatham County School Board meeting, Source: Livestream

By David Bass, Carolina Journal

A parent in Chatham County is claiming that a local public school teacher “bullied” his daughter for her Christian faith.

The accusation came during a meeting of the Chatham County School Board Sept 12. Ryne Smith says his daughter’s 8th grade class at Chatham Grove Elementary School was instructed to list their three favorite things. When she listed “art, basketball, and the Bible,” her teacher, Wes Lail, told her “God is not real,” according to Smith.

“No child should be bullied. If my daughter hadn’t been as strong as she was in her faith, there is no telling how things would’ve turned out,” Smith told the Chatham Journal newspaper.

Smith has now pulled his daughter out of the school and enrolled her in a local private Christian school.

“I don’t see how the board has the audacity to sit and let teachers bully and indoctrinate our kids,” Smith said during the meeting. “You’re taking away their First Amendment right … there is too much going on in the schools that we don’t know about.”

Smith urged the entire board to resign. “One board is destroying Chatham County schools. Your actions show that none of you deserves the position you’re in. The horrendous things going on in our school system is a spectacle and nothing is getting done about it.”

According to comments sent to the Chatham News + Record, a Chatham County Schools public information officer said, “The matter was investigated and addressed according to policy. We remain committed to working with the family if they wish to do so. To date, they have chosen not to work with or meet with school staff to address the matter after removing the child from school.”

One pastor spoke at the meeting and urged the school board to reject Critical Race Theory and gender identity politics.

“Tonight I’m filled with righteous indignation,” said pastor John Amanchukwu. “To hear that a young girl was demonized because of her faith is a tragedy towards our republic.”

“Critical Race Theory will never solve racism because Critical Race Theory is racism,” Amanchukwu added. “The only way that we can get rid of racism is that the individual, not a group, must come to the realization that they should love their neighbor as themselves. I’m against white supremacy. I’m against black supremacy. But I’m for God’s supremacy.”

Some parents at the meeting spoke in favor of the diversity, equity, and inclusion instruction in the county. “There are unconscious biases. Until I went through a racial equity training five years ago, I wasn’t aware of what was happening,” said Dawn Porter. “It was so enlightening to me. I ask the board to continue with addressing some of these issues.”


  1. This teachers union teacher has experienced this religion bullying happen where ever he received his college education and is now wondering what is wrong now with him trying to belittle a little Christian girl? Folks, Johnston County has been flooded with the Durham County educator’s so don’t be surprised when your child comes home and the Old Soviet Style teachers union teacher has placed two plants into the window and will only water one plant and explain to your child that the class will let God take care of the other plant. In a week your plant that God took care of is dead and your children mind are forever compromised. This is the way it works folks.

  2. What a snowflake!

    I’m not sure what the “bullying” had to do with CRT, but obviously a good fanatic never misses an opportunity for indignation!

  3. Parents speaking in favor of the diversity, equity, and inclusion instruction in the county are dead wrong. Saying, “until they went through racial equity training and were enlightened”, shows me they were indoctrinated themselves. This has no place in schools. It is a matter for clergy and family, absolutely no one else. Schooling needs to stick to learning, reading, writing, arithmetic, science, etc. We are not sending our children there for counseling in morals or ethics. They will get that from the parents and clergy if desired.

  4. I know there are some good teachers out there but most younger indoctrinated teachers are nutjobs. Many are hell bent on destroying the very children they are supposed to teach. If you love… or even kind of like…, your child get them out of public schools before some freak teacher molests their body or their mind.

  5. Can you imagine the uproar if the teacher had said something negative about the Muslim faith or the lgbtq beliefs or blm? Liberal heads would explode, but because it’s the Christian faith…crickets. That’s ok though, Christ said it would happen and we should expect it. It’s actually a good thing to be shamed for christian beliefs, in the end we win.

  6. John 15:19–20

    If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

  7. Matthew 5:10–12

    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you

  8. Keep believing and endorsing this ideology Chatam school board and beg for mercy when you spend eternity in hell! Who the heck elected you fools?

  9. There is no bottom when our civilized lives has come to an end and then what we will do to one another. Enjoy the comfort’s that most all of you believe are guaranteed and prepare for a painful path into what is not worth living for. History is doing what it does best, it is repeating itself.

  10. Hmmm, Chatham grove is an elementary school and there is no employee listed on their directory s Wes Lail, Chatham Middle serves 8the grade and their directory search doesn’t show a Wes Lail?

  11. Fact: The author of this article has incorrectly stated the name of the school the student attended. Fact: The father has declined opportunities to meet with school staff to discuss his concerns. My thought: The parent doesn’t want to discuss this with the school because he knows there is more information about his accusation and he doesn’t want to hear it. My opinion: This parent will not be satisfied with the private Christian school either and will transfer his child back to Chatham County Schools within three months.

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