Denton High School student Marshall Williams claims a teacher refused to grade a paper he wrote because the subject matter was gun shows.
According to Williams, his teacher, Dewey Christian, asked the students to write a report “on anything they were interested in.” But when the teacher learned Williams had written about the Fort Worth gun show, the teacher told him he would get a zero if he turned it in.
Williams’ mother confronted the teacher over not grading the paper, and Christian told her he refused to grade it because there was a problem “with violence and certain things in schools.”
As the story has gained exposure, the Denton Independent School District has made it clear that Christian has accepted the paper and “apologized for misconceptions.” However, Williams says “I don’t feel like I’ve gotten an apology yet. I feel like [Mr. Christian] just stomped on our right to free speech. He told us we would not be allowed to express ourselves and didn’t even consider what we had said.”