FFRF has teacher cease sermonizing (March 23, 2016)

FFRF has made an Ohio public school teacher stop sermonizing to her students.

Green Middle School teacher Kelli Hunka was assigning religious projects to her students every month. In January, for instance, she had students “write and illustrate a prayer for the new year,” while recently she asked students to “illustrate Isaiah 11:6.”

“These assignments are not part of a study of comparative religion or the history of religion, but rather provide lessons in Christianity,” FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne wrote in early March.

Hunka “has been instructed not to use any materials containing the religious references mentioned in your letter,” Mary Jo Shannon Slick, legal counsel for the schools, recently replied, adding that Hunka had assured Green Local Schools Supervisor Jeff Miller she would abide by the directive.

Freedom From Religion Foundation