1st Amendment Freedom in Schools

Wakefield, Penny
June 2006
Human Rights;Summer2006, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p3
The article discusses the case of Herdahl versus Pontotoc County School District, which deals with the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Lisa Herdahl contacted classroom teachers, school administrators, the school board, and the school district superintendent to object to religious practices. All dismissed her objections summarily. The prayers and Bible studies were long-standing traditions in the community, she was told, and only she and her children objected to them. Believing that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment meant that their objections should be taken seriously and should lead to changes in school practices, the Herdahl family sued. With help from the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way, among others, the Herdahls won.


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