Yesterday I wrote an article about Wittenburg Elementary, a school that held a day of fun for their kids called “Field Day,” but decided to break the law int he process by inviting Good News Club organizers to tag along, hand out refreshments, and put up a booth advertising the club at an official school function.
Since then, a parent with kids in the school contacted me to thank me for writing the piece and let me know of other legal violations at the school, including a teacher who leads her class in prayer every day before lunch. It seems Wittenburg Elementary doesn’t care about the law. But they do care about getting caught…
This morning I noticed that whoever runs the school’s Facebook page has taken town the photo of the Good News Club tent at the event, has edited the post description to remove the mention of the Good News Club and Millersville Baptist Church, and has blocked visitors from viewing comments from other commenters. Well, I guess you win, Wittenburg. You’ve successfully covered up your violation of the Constitution and have hidden your illegal activity. Except…
I’m not new at this. I have screen shots of everything.
Here’s the photo they took down, and the edit history of their Facebook post, which tell us two things. #1: They suck at social media and mistakenly thought this would be an effective cover-up. #2: They realize they did something wrong, but won’t admit it of course, and are now trying to hide it.
Shame, shame. It’s time to clean up your act, Wittenburg. It’s time to stop illegally forcing kids to participate in Christian prayer during school hours and it’s time to push the Good News Club back to where the law says they must stay — after school and unaffiliated with the school district. Breaking the law and putting kids’ mental health in danger gets you reviews like this.
We have laws for a reason. It’s time to follow them or you’re going to find yourself in court.
UPDATE: Wittenburg Elementary has taken down their Facebook page after I and a few readers left negative reviews of the school. I expect this to be temporary while the school is closed for Easter break and no one is monitoring their page. Apparently, if you can’t take the heat, you run and hide instead of facing your wrongdoings. That’s one hell of a lesson to teach your students.