Federal judge reinstates Big Sandy ISD teacher's certification

BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A federal judge reinstated a Polk County teacher's certification Tuesday, after the state took it away when she refused to submit a fingerprint.

According to Pam McLaurin's attorney, Scott Skelton, the judge approved a temporary injunction until Jan. 22, when he will make a final order on the decision.

McLaurin, who teaches at Big Sandy ISD in Dallardsville, is suing the state for requiring her to be fingerprinted for a background check.

According to Skelton, a Lufkin attorney, McLaurin believes the book of Revelation literally and that getting a fingerprint would bear her the mark of the beast and she would be "be tormented in burning sulfur."