Public school teacher proselytization stopped (May 6, 2014)

A public high school teacher will no longer exhort students to attend church in Fargo, N.D. A local complainant reported to FFRF that a teacher told students that there is a “meaning behind Easter” and that, “You all should go to church.”

Staff Attorney Patrick Elliot wrote a letter to the district on April 25, explaining that urging students to attend church shows the District’s endorsement of religion, and such advancement of religion is unconstitutional.

FFRF requested that Fargo Public Schools investigate the matter immediately and institute appropriate disciplinary action. The school district’s attorney promptly responded reporting that the district took disciplinary action and placed the results in the teacher’s file. The attorney noted: “Fargo Public Schools strictly forbids their employees to proselytize.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation