At Addaville Elementary School in Gallipolis, Ohio, the 2014 student yearbooks have a giant Latin cross on the cover with the word “BELIEVE” inscribed on it:
Earlier this week, a football player at Gladewater High School in Texas was in a horrible car accident and lost his life. (His brother, the driver, was hospitalized but later released.) It’s just a devastating loss for that school and the boys’ family, as you might imagine.
I’ve been at a school when a student dies. It’s awful getting that phone call from an administrator. No teacher wants to think about lesson plans and no student can concentrate in class. At our school, counselors and social workers were made available to any students and faculty members who needed them, and we held a moment of silence over the intercom out of respect to the student and those who were close to her.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a school district in Alabama violated the First Amendment by promoting Christianity. But your eyebrow might go up a bit when you hear just how much Superintendent Randy Wilkes (below) played a role in the process.
Wilkes was just hired over the summer to run the Phenix City Public Schools. (That’s not a typo. It’s just Alabama.)
Every week, he sends an inspirational email to all faculty members. Not only are they extremely incoherent, they all include biblical/godly references. (Which is especially ironic since the high school’s mascot is the Red Devil.)
Check out this recent email:
Two weeks ago, Arkansas State’s football players were seen on TV with Christian crosses on their helmets:
The crosses were there, we learned later, to honor a former player and manager, both of whom died earlier this year. But sentiment doesn’t mean you’re allowed to break the law. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to athletic department officials warning them against using school-sponsored religious symbols on helmets, and Arkansas State quickly issued a press release saying those crosses would soon disappear: