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FFRF records 2 victories in Alabama county (January 18, 2023)

FFRF successfully worked to keep religion out of Shelby County Schools in Birmingham on two separate matters.

The first situation was brought to FFRF’s attention from a parent of an Oak Mountain Middle School student. The parent reported that its child was required to participate in a prayer led by the coach before their first cross country meet of the year.

Additionally, FFRF was alerted to a policy in Columbiana Middle School that students were not allowed to promote Satanism through their attire. FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Anne Knox Averitt, the legal representative of Shelby County Schools.

Averitt emailed FFRF back stating that, “This and the coach issue have been addressed.”