Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Georgia School District Orders Teachers to Remove Bibles and Other “Religious” Items from Classrooms

A message from the Henry County School District in Georgia sent to school staff said, “You are hereby directed to remove all items which contain religious symbols, such as crosses, printed bibles, angels, bible verses, printed prayers, and biblical quotations from the common areas, hallways, classrooms, and office of East Lake Elementary School.”

Parents upset over federal policy restricting religious symbols in classrooms

by: Berndt Petersen Updated: Oct 4, 2016 - 9:28 PM

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Some parents in Henry County are upset with an email that went out Monday to teachers at one of the schools.

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The email contains a list of religious items or symbols not allowed on the walls of the classroom, or on an instructor's desk.

At dismissal time outside Henry County’s Ola Elementary School, some parents that Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen talked to say there's nothing wrong with the religious symbols. 

"I don't have a problem with it if it's there," parent Amy Sims told Petersen.
The email indicated the list was a new policy but a district spokesman said it's merely a new memo.

"That is a federal law that we're abiding by. We just send out these reminders and things to be aware of and we've been doing that for the past two decades," said J.D. Hardin with Henry County Schools. 

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