Washington County Schools Under Fire

Washington County Schools Under Fire

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. - The Freedom From Religion Foundation is ordering the Washington County school officials to "clean up" Vernon high school.

The foundation has concerns about student led prayer and bible verses being displayed on advertisements around campus.

"The real problem that we have right now is they have team chaplains that are conducting prayers with the Vernon High School football team and bible quotes on the field and all this. I mean there's a lot going on in the school district that is unconstitutional and it violates the rights of conscience of these students," said FFRF attorney, Andrew Seidel.

An anonymous Vernon resident filed complaints with the foundation in early August.

This is the third time the foundation has received a complaint about the school since 2013.

Washington County Superintendent, Joe Taylor, says the advertisements on the field are just that.

The foundation is not planning to take any further legal actions at this point, in hopes that the school district will address the concerns and get them taken care of.

"So hopefully we will be able to see some progress without, you know, having to take this any farther than educational phase. And that's kind of our goal here, you know, to get this fixed for the students without having to move beyond just letter writing and education, said Seidel.

School officials say the issue is still under investigation at this time.


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