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FFRF removes verse from administrator’s signature (September 2023)

FFRF has worked with Pinellas County Schools in Largo, Fla., to keep religious texts out of school staff email signatures.

A community member reported that a district administrator included biblical scripture in her official Pinellas County Schools email signature. The complainant reported that they received an email from the principal of Bay Point Middle School that included the bible verse Jeremiah 29:11-13.

“It is inappropriate and unconstitutional for the district or its agents to promote a religious message because it conveys government preference for religion over nonreligion,” FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line.

FFRF received an email from School Board Attorney David Koperski, stating that the email signature “no longer contains the text that is the subject of your letter.” Additionally, the district is discussing reviewing the signature block practices to be used by all employees to prevent future offenses.