DECEMBER 12, 2015
East Ky. Broadcasting News
In Johnson County today, the county board of education issued a directive to all schools in the county to remove all religious references from school Christmas plays, including specific mentions of “God” or “Jesus.”
District officials declined to be interviewed on camera, but the district released a statement saying, “U.S. Supreme Court decisions in this area, including decisions by the 6th Circuit (specifically applying to Kentucky schools) are very clear that public school officials may not endorse religion when acting in their official capacities and during school activities or during school-sponsored events,” Superintendent Tom Salyer said.
Salyer also told EKB News that the directive also means that there can be no school-led prayer and no scripture reading during school hours or at school-sponsored events. However, school Christmas decorations will be allowed to remain and schools will be able to have plays, as long as they are not religious in nature.
EKB News has also spoken to a number of parents today who were upset by the news, but none of them would agree to talk on camera. EKB News will continue following this story and bring you further developments, as they happen.
Danielle Lyman Adkins shared EKB News’s photo. Here’s her comment
“Ridiculous! (We actually moved here 16 yrs ago, because it WAS better than metro – Detroit, the Bible belt, and we liked that in a PUBLIC school, there were references to God, Jesus, and prayer! Not everyone can afford a private Christian school, and we thought this was the next best thing. ..this area.. these schools. ..now look! Will LC be next? I mean really, does that mean they can’t even sing the traditional carols?”
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