William’s family was angry when he told them of the incident and called the school. His grandmother, Karen Fisher, said she received a call from the teacher.
“I asked her if she read the Constitution with the First Amendment, and she said, no,” Fisher said.
Now, the Davis School District is apologizing for the incident.
“Why that even came up, I have no idea,” Chris Williams, a spokesperson for the district, told KST-TV. “When a student comes in to school with ashes on their forehead, it’s not something we say, 'Please take off.'"
William said he received a handwritten apology from his teacher and a piece of candy. The school district is investigating the incident, Williams said, and the teacher could face disciplinary action.