Pupils to be taught Nessie is real
Thousands of US schoolchildren are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real - in a Bible Belt bid to disprove Darwin's theory of evolution.
Pupils attending privately-run Christian schools in Louisiana will next year learn from textbooks claiming the mythological beast is a living creature.
The Accelerated Christian Education programme teaches controversial religious beliefs, aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.
Youngsters will be told that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man, then Darwinism is fatally flawed, reports The Scotsman.
One ACE textbook called Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc reads: "Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence.
"Have you heard of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland? Nessie has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur."
Former pupil, Jonny Scaramanga, 27, who went through the ACE programme, said the Nessie claim was presented as "evidence" that evolution could not have happened.
He added: "The reason for that is they're saying if Noah's flood only happened 4,000 years ago, which they believe literally happened, then possibly a sea monster survived.
"If it was millions of years ago then that would be ridiculous. That's their logic. It's a common thing among creationists to believe in sea monsters."