March 11, 2019

Aundrea Peterson
Director of Communications
Utah Senate 801-791-3365 |

Valley View Elementary School Teacher Clarifies Misunderstanding on Ash Wednesday Incident


Valley View Elementary School teacher Moana Patterson will offer a statement regarding the misunderstanding with a student on Ash Wednesday.

“Since learning about the incident, I visited the school, met with a group of parents from the student’s class, talked with student’s father and school district officials,” said Senator Todd Weiler, whose district includes Valley View Elementary. “I believe this has been an educational opportunity for me, my family, the Bountiful community and our state.”

Senator Weiler, Patterson and parents from Valley View Elementary will discuss ways for us, as teachers and as a community, to be more prepared to recognize and respect religious differences.


Sen. Todd Weiler Moana Patterson, Valley View school teacher


Monday, March 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.


Utah State Capitol – Presentation Room 350 State St., Suite 320, Salt Lake City, UT 84111