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article imageBoy made to 'repent sins' by eating paper with 'sorry' on it

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By Christopher Bates     Jul 26, 2011 in Religion
Northallerton - In a bizarre development at a school in Northallerton, England, a mother has pulled her son out of school after a church group forced him to eat a note saying "sorry".
After the New Life Baptist Church group visited Ainderby Steeple Primary School in the county of North Yorkshire, Celia Mullen felt as if she was left with no other alternative than to place her son in another school.
As part of the church's 'Kidzone Roadshow', pupils were made to 'repent their sins' through consuming rice paper with the word "sorry" written on it.
Luis Mullen was in tears when he arrived home from school, and now refuses to sleep on his own. He was also given an adult bible to "make him good".
"Mum, why do I have to say sorry? We had to eat a piece of paper with the word sorry on it," the seven-year-old explained to his mother.
Mullen said: "It was called the Big Prayer Experience. On it was an explanation of the purpose of prayer. It went into the need for adoration of God and to ask God for help. It said, 'We confess when we say sorry for something wrong. Today we are going to say sorry to God. We will write sorry on a piece of paper and eat it'. I was horrified."
While Mullen has found an alternative school for her anxious son, it is understood that the New Life Baptist Church also make regular visits.
She added: "I had no choice but to accept. There aren't any other schools around here they don't go into, but I have added that he must not attend these sessions."
An unnamed parent has also removed his child from the school.
In response to the incident, assistant pastor Steve Cowie said: "We are sorry that anyone should be upset, we have no intention to upset, we do not intimidate, we do not force anyone to do anything."
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