Lenoir City High School won’t let school newspaper editor, honors student and atheist Krystal Myers, 18, run her editorial in the student paper. The Tennessee school says Myers’ piece, “No Rights: The Life of an Atheist,” has the potential for disruption in the school.
Here are a few passages:
On at least two separate occasions, teachers have made their religious preferences known to basically the whole school. One teacher has made her religious preferences known by wearing t-shirt depicting the crucifix while performing her duties as a public employee. …One teacher has Bible verses occasionally as the teacher’s “Quote of the Day” for students.
Public prayer also occurs at all of the home football games using the public address system. This has, again, been covered by the Supreme Court case Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe. The Court ruled that school-sponsored prayer is an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.