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Teacher’s imposition of religion ended at elementary school (May 3, 2019)

FFRF’s intervention formalized an end to a teacher’s imposition of religion on her elementary school students in Birmingham.

A concerned parent had informed FFRF that a first-grade teacher at Norwood Elementary School was leading her students in prayer every day before lunch. The teacher was reportedly making her young students imbibe bible verses and Christian songs, including a song about “the blood of Jesus.”

FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Superintendent Lisa Herring about the constitutional problem.

FFRF recently received communication from the district’s attorney that due to the organization’s intervention, the Birmingham school district has instituted a formal policy on the matter. (The teacher had been verbally warned after an initial parent complaint.)