A South Carolina school district has agreed to stop allowing the distribution of bibles on school property following a July 3 letter from FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott to Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird. FFRFâ€™s complainant reported that a man told students they could take a bible as a staffer stood by outside an elementary school library, with bibles on the table.
Elliottâ€™s letter addressed illegal events that occurred in April, when the bibles were distributed to students at Powdersville Elementary School in Greenville, S.C.
â€śIt is unfortunate that some adults view public schools as ripe territory for religious recruitment,â€ť wrote Elliot. â€śParents carefully instruct their children not to accept gifts from strangers. Parents also understandably become nervous when adults take an over-keen interest in providing materials to their young children without parental knowledge. As the courts have held, religious instruction is for parents to determine, not for public school educators.â€ť Elliott noted that the distribution was not only in violation of school policy but court precedent.
Counsel for the District responded on July 21 that, â€ś[T]he District will ensure that bibles are not made available to elementary school aged students during the school day on school premises.â€ť