FFRF ends Georgia middle school teacher’s religious songs (Feb. 11, 2013)

Following a complaint filed by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a sixth grade science teacher at Lakeview Middle School in Rossville, Ga. will no longer sing Christian songs during instructional time to students.

FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a letter to Catoosa County Public Schools Superintendent Denia Reese on Feb. 1, 2013, informing her that the teacher’s actions are unconstitutional, and make nonreligious and non-Christian students feel like outsiders. Seidel also expressed concern that several co-workers reported the teacher’s behavior to administration, but she continued to impose her beliefs on students in class.

The district’s legal counsel contacted FFRF after receiving a Feb. 11 follow-up letter. The counsel said the teacher admitted to singing inappropriate songs to children. The district explained the law to her and instructed her to stop proselytizing students.

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