Teacher Resigns Amid Investigation Into Anti-Catholic Pamphlets
MINERAL WELLS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas teacher quit Monday after her school district began researching complaints that she was giving students anti-Catholic pamphlets.
Sergio Velazquez, 13, says his faith was tested last week.
“When we were in our classes she would give it to us,” says Sergio.
He said his teacher, Marsha McDonald, gave him an anti-Catholic pamphlet. The eighth-grade teacher handed it to him in his English class at Mineral Wells Junior High, he said.
“It said ‘Are Roman Catholics Christian,’ and ‘Catholics only think about money,’” Velazquez said.
McDonald is also a pastor at Cool Assembly of God, a Pentacostal congregation outside Mineral Wells.
CBS 11 News tried to call her church office a number of times but there was no response. A crew also went by her home, but no one answered. The school district also declined to comment.
In class, Velazquez says McDonald noticed a girl wearing a Rosary and asked her if she was Catholic. She questioned his, too, then gave them the pamphlets.
“He came to my mom and told her and asked, ‘is our religion wrong?’ And she got upset about it,” said Gabriela Velazquez, Sergio’s sister.
The Velazquez family turned the pamphlets over to their church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
The priest says McDonald handed out the literature there too.
“We don’t want to think about going to hell and which one is the right religion,” Sergio said.
McDonald turned in her resignation late Monday to the district.