The Letcher County School District removed a Bible verse from its sports locker room wall and a bulletin board after a complaint by the atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).
The FFRF sent a letter to the district in November claiming the message violated the Constitution.
“I was completely taken by surprise,” said Superintendent Denise Yonts
She immediately consulted the school board lawyer for advice.
“We are not allowed to influence the religious beliefs of students as employees of public schools,” Yonts said.
They decided to remove the sign as it was not a student generated display. The law states that any religious manifestation in schools must be made by a student and not by an adult.
“Our goal is to follow the law so that we can protect all the religious freedoms of our students. By doing this, it allows them to express their religious rights and that is what we want. We want what there is. has the best for our students in Letcher County, ”says Yonts.
Yonts said only screens that did not comply with the law were removed.
“As a superintendent, I am here to take care of the children and make sure they are in school. I am not here to attack political parties or other organizations,” Yonts said.
The FFRF said in a statement posted on its website that it was satisfied with the district’s decision.
“We commend the district for taking action to address this violation,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF Co-Chair. “Students in our public schools are free to practice whatever religion they choose or none at all. “
Yonts said she had not received any complaints from parents but had received nasty messages from people across the country.