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Teacher of the Year trashes students’ prayer poster

CBS – A Johnston County teacher is in the spotlight for how he responded to a Bible verse a student group posted in the hallway at West Johnston High School.

Students said the group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, posted it inside Tuesday.

The verse said, “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.”

“They put posters up all the time, and like, mornings before school, as we’re walking in, they do prayer at the poles and they pray every morning and stuff,” said senior Madison Moreth.

Then came the response.

“If you are sick you should go to the doctor. This is terrible medical advice. Some people have died/ gone to jail because of it.”

It was signed by Mr. VanDerlaske and included his room number.

Next to that, students said he posted an article titled, “Parents given jail terms for relying on prayers to save dying daughter.”

VanDerlaske was named Teacher of the Year in Johnston County in 2018. READ MORE

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