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Teacher to cease wearing proselytizing T-shirts (September 2023)

FFRF has worked to ensure that teachers in the Willard Public Schools in Montana will no longer spread religious messages through their wardrobe.

A concerned district community member reported that a teacher at Willard Intermediate School wore a shirt with the religious message “Love Like Jesus” written on it at school during the day while acting in her official capacity. The faculty member posted a photo wearing the shirt that day on social media, and the classroom can be seen in the background.

“Students have the First Amendment right to be free from religious indoctrination in their public schools,” FFRF Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence wrote to Superintendent Eric Wilken.

FFRF received an emailed response from school legal representative Emily A. Omohundro, writing, “The district has taken steps to remind district staff of the district’s policies, including the requirement that they refrain from wearing attire that interferes with the educational environment and avoid the promotion of sectarian religious views at school.”