Bible quotes halted in school daily announcements (May 15, 2014)

Cutter Morning Star High School in Hot Springs, Ark., will no longer include religious quotes and references in the school’s daily announcements. A parent reported to FFRF that the emailed announcements sent by a school employee often included quotes from the bible such as, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.”

On March 20, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a strong letter of complaint to the district superintendent, explaining that the practice is unconstitutional under Supreme Court precedent. Elliott wrote, “You must make certain that staff members are not unlawfully and inappropriately indoctrinating students in religious matters.”

On May 15, the Superintendent informed FFRF that the matter was resolved a day after receiving the complaint, when staff were instructed to stop emailing bible quotes.

Freedom From Religion Foundation