A Michigan school district has cancelled a lunchtime Bible class after receiving a warning from the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA).
OneNewNow.com reports that a fifth-grade teacher at Alward Elementary School was holding an optional Bible study during lunchtime at the school.
MACRA spokesman Mitch Kahle filed a complaint with the Hudsonville Public School District on behalf of concerned parents, alleging: "Every public-school teacher, principal and superintendent should know that they are prohibited from engaging in any activity with students that involves religious beliefs, rituals or doctrines.”
Scott B. Smith, the assistant superintendent of human resources for the school district, stated, "District administration verified the details of Mr. Kahle's report, and the teacher – who thought the Bible discussion was appropriate because it was during lunch and voluntary – immediately put an end to these lunch meetings. We will continue to communicate and educate staff at all levels on the District's policies related to religion in schools."
The lunchtime Bible lessons had reportedly only occurred twice, but were popular with students. Between 35 and 45 students had attended them.
The teacher who had been leading the lessons, Christopher Karel, did not face any disciplinary action following the cancellation of the classes.
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Publication date: November 20, 2017