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Teacher Fired for Praying in School During Oklahoma Tornado

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(PP)- Friday a teacher working at an Oklahoma school hit hard by a devastating tornado this week was fired after admitting she had prayed out loud during the horrific event, and that a complaint was filed by an atheist family of a kindergarten student...

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Carol Dreeszen (346)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:00 pm
(PP)- Friday a teacher working at an Oklahoma school hit hard by a devastating tornado this week was fired after admitting she had prayed out loud during the horrific event, and that a complaint was filed by an atheist family of a kindergarten student who was offended by the Christian prayer.

Paulina Trumble, 52, a twenty three year veteran educator at Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma knew she was in trouble the moment the cyclone passed after realizing she had uttered out loud a prayer to the Almighty, violating strict separation of church and state laws.

“In a moment when I believed we were all going to die I naturally sought comfort from the only place I knew,” said Trumble.

“I know prayer is strictly forbidden in classrooms, and the students know that too, but I’m only human and in the face of such terror I did break the rules. I’m sorry if I offended anyone or violated their civil rights.”

The family, who’s name is being kept anonymous for their own protection, filed the complaint with the school through an ACLU attorney even though the teacher was responsible for saving the life of their six year old child.

“Saving the life of my client’s child was Ms. Trumble’s responsibility and is to be expected,” said ACLU attorney Donald Ambulachasky. “Unfortunately, it is also a teacher’s responsibility to keep God out of the classroom and on that count Ms. Trumble failed miserably. It doesn’t matter the circumstances…. the law is the law, and someone must pay.”

School officials could not be reached for comment because the school was destroyed and they have no available telephones or computers to receive or return a message.

The Palookaville Post has learned that for some politically correct reason, President Barack Hussein Obama will not be penalized for invoking the name of the Almighty during an official government speech asking for fellow Americans to keep the people of Oklahoma in their thoughts and prayers.

Perhaps circumstances do matter. Perhaps there are exemptions for liberal politicians to inject faith into the public square, such as using it to bash religious conservatives, or when it makes them look compassionate in a speech.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:03 pm
Just found out this story is supposedly fake..will check it out more.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:09 pm
Another Update:

No additional reports, save the original story linked below, have made reference to this specific incident, though a report from the Blaze indicates that a teacher by the name of Rhonda Crosswhite of the Plaza Tower Elementary School in Moore, OK did admit to praying with her sixth grade students as the tornado approached:

I did the teacher thing that we’re probably not supposed to do. I prayed — and I prayed out loud,” she said in an interview with NBC News following the violent storm.

Considering her situation at the time of the invocation, it’s understandable why Crosswhite risked facing criticism and potential claims that she violated the separation of church and state. Her life — and the lives of the children she was protecting — hung in the balance.

As the violent storm raged, the teacher found herself in a bathroom stall with six children. With the kids crying and appealing to her for protection, she openly addressed the Lord, saying, “God please don’t take these kids today.”

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:13 pm

Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:36 am
How sad you can't even pray!! Thanks, Carol

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:36 am are so terribly sad! And I don't have to do a thing to castrate Obama..he does it all by himself and you refuse to even see it! So you are a part of the problem of this country! Same crap...different day!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:42 am
It is sad isn't it Mariann!! What is more sad is liberals making the sick comments they do that have no meaning of anything in them except hatred and anger. That is what a lack of prayer does to people! SAD!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:22 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 10:51 am
This is crazy??

Kit B (276)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 10:54 am

This story is not supposedly FAKE it is FAKE!!!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:50 pm
Kit..If you can't tell that I have already mentioned that in the other articles I added on then perhaps you should re-read them again. After all I was the one who said the article was supposedly fake and said I would check further which I did! But I guess if it makes you feel better that you can say it's fake to try and cut the story down then go for it!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:51 pm
Natasha..It is crazy to think someone would use a tragedy like this in order to make money! More likely very sad!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:03 pm
No Nyack..You are wrong!!!!!! You are so fast to accuse some one of doing something that is not true just because you hate them! What is truly sad is the fact of how readily you show your hatred and disgust for those you do not agree with or like! THAT is what is really sad! You can't be nice to someone you do not like or agree with because it is not in you to do so! You are only capable of liking or being nice to one who you happen to like or that agrees with you and you can't even be civil to anyone else! Your actions and words do very little for you except make you look bad!

Claire M. (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 12:15 pm
Just so you all know, the people that have perpetuated this awful hoax and story directly have blame in how the Moore Public School System continues, even after sending out a press release, and being on numerous local Oklahoma news outlets trying to let people know that it was a cruel and horrible hoax. This means you Carol Dreeszen from whereever you are from. You should have deleted this the MOMENT you knew it to be not true. If you could not delete it you should have stated not that the article was "supposedly fake" but that the article was specifically and unequivocally FAKE. You should have also condemned the people that originated it.

The Moore Public School System is dealing with burying the children that died as well as faculty, friends and neighbors and trying to clear up half of a town wiped of the face of the earth - and you low information people started a heinous awful rumor. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You are sick and incredibly stupid. Go look up the definition of "palooka" also while you're at it examine the name of the attorney cited in the article: Ambulacasky - Ambulance Chaser.

Sick people like you Carol - are intent only on one thing - getting outraged- even if there is nothing to be outraged about. You then attack other people for calling you out on your lies and deceit.

Go take a look at some of the pictures from Moore and have a look at the faces of the children that died - then you go look yourself in the mirror and see if you can meet your own eyes.

Claire M. (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 12:30 pm
Carol Dreeszen posted a fake story on purpose to intentionally cause harm to the people of Moore, OK. The reasoning behind stating that this posting is on purpose to cause harm is because even after being told the story is fake and admitting the story is fake she continued to allow the story to be published as if it was true, and qualified the fake using the word "supposedly fake".

The Moore Public School system has had to take time away from BURYING the children that died from their schools to address the onslaught of calls and threats that have been made because people like Carol Dreeszen continue to perpetuate this story. How hateful does someone have to be to perpetuate a story that puts other people at threats of risk and harm while they are trying to bury the dead, heal the injured and clean up a town half wiped off the face of the earth.

Carol have you seen the pictures and devastation? I suggest you go look at the pictures. Look at the pictures of the children and adults that died really closely. Then go look at yourself in the mirror and see if you can meet your own eyes. I bet you can't. Don't spew the crap about whether someone agrees with you are disagrees - this is hateful to everyone, but most of all hateful to the people of Moore, OK.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 1:19 pm
Claire and Nyack..You are both one of the same! Typical liberals who are always trying to shift blame on someone else all the while denying the responsibility of taking blame!It's always easier to blame someone else! Obama has been doing that ever since he got in and he has taught you both well!!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 1:21 pm
*****Carol Dreeszen posted a fake story on purpose to intentionally cause harm to the people of Moore, OK.

Claire...You are SO wrong and are making a false accusation that in untrue!! Bad..bad...bad on you!

Claire M. (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 1:28 pm
False accusation? You yourself say it is "supposedly false". That is what is untrue. I live in Oklahoma. My friend lives in Moore. She lost her house and dog. Her children were at Briarwood Elementary. You think what I am saying is untrue. You are a godless, self centered, and hateful person Carol Dreeszen. You posted a false story and because of YOU and people like YOU that are perpetuating this story Moore, OK has to deal with the firestorm of crap that has been caused because YOU and people like you can't stop making up stuff.

State the story is absolutely fake instead of "supposedly fake". State that and maybe you have some redeeming quality. Otherwise you need to crawl back into the hole from hell that you came out of.

Claire M. (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 1:52 pm
Take a look at this devastation Carol then you tell me that it is right and fair that you posted and continued to perpetuate a story that is false, that put more burden on the people of Moore, OK. You are a sorry excuse for a human being. So entrenched in your need to find anything even FALSE news to be outraged over that you didn't think for a second about how your actions could affect others.

Claire M. (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 2:55 pm
This isn't a left/right or liberal/conservative issue. I am as conservative as it gets, a Christian and a Patriot. You on the other hand, are none of these things. You are an OPPORTUNIST. Which is the worst of the worst.

I would rather deal with a liberal than your type. A true Patriot would never intentionally harm other Patriots.
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