Arkansas Teacher Suspended For Showing 'The Passion Of The Christ'

Greg Hendrix, a history teacher at Wilbur D. Mills High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas was suspended after he had his students watch the R-rated film, "The Passion of the Christ" all week starting on March 29. Some students walked out of the class.

Kristina Coffman said, "It was weird. He shouldn't have done it because there are a lot of students that have different religions. It just didn't feel right."

Coffman shared that she and five other students walked out of class. She stated, "They were like, 'This doesn't feel right.' They just didn't want to be in there." Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU chapter in Arkansas, said "It's religious proselytization. It has nothing to do with the class, which is history since 1890. Kids having the religious liberty in school means they can express their religious views. It doesn't mean the teacher can."

The ACLU said they are considering filing an ethics complaint with the state. In addition, tape recordings show the teacher tried to discuss the perils of political correctness. The district said in a statement:

"The Pulaski County Special School District can confirm there was an incident involving allegations of inappropriate discussion in a classroom by a teacher at Mills University Studies High School that has prompted questions by the ACLU. The teacher involved has been suspended with pay pending an investigation by the district, which is underway at this time. Because this is a personnel issue, the district is limited, legally in what we can say beyond that at this time."

In October 2014, Hendrix worked as a ninth grade football coach at Bentonville High School. He was fired after he called a student a "queer for quitting the football team and joining cheer."