Religious photo removed from teacher’s desk (July 29, 2019)

A religious photo has been removed from an Illinois public school classroom following FFRF intervention.

A Freeburg Community High School District 77 community member reported that a teacher at Freeburg High displayed a photo in her classroom that urged students to “Seek the Lord,” along with a biblical reference to Isaiah 55:6. The picture was located in a prominent spot on the teacher’s desk in full view of students.

FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne sent a letter to the district, pointing out that it is wholly inappropriate for a public school to display a message that most students would understand to be a suggestion to convert to Christianity.

The photo has been taken down, the district’s legal representation informed FFRF in a response letter.

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