This is pretty amazing. It shows how the LDS collective memory of Joseph Smith continues to diverge from actual history.
Fourth Grade Teacher Apologizes For Joseph Smith Comment
A Pleasant View fourth grade teacher offered a formal apology yesterday after a parent complained about her lesson in Mormon history.
Some students believed their teacher, Karla DuVall, said some early Mormons including Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith were criminals.
Principal Brad Larsen says the students may have misunderstood what she said.
During a lecture on Mormon pioneers before they crossed the plains to Utah, Duvall noted how Smith and other early LDS leaders had been jailed.
Larsen says one student asked if they were criminals, and DuVall said that is what people thought.
Larsen says what she said was fact, and parents shouldn't have been alarmed.
But one father, a Mormon, demanded a public apology. Duvall gave that Monday at school.
Smith was jailed during his lifetime more than once, and died after a mob attacked him in an Illinois jail.
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