First Amendment Group Files Complaint Against Carrollton City Schools

Carrollton Ga -- An attorney representing the Carrollton City School district has responded to a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, in which the nonprofit group known nationwide for promoting separation of church and state, alleged that two of the coaches in the school's athletics department had held or led team devotionals and took student athletes to local churches. The letter from FFRF addressed to Carrollton City Schools superintendent, Dr. Mark Albertus, asserts that it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to lead their teams in prayer or religious devotionals because that violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
Albertus commented, "It's one of those things where we are in Carrollton... and it's a balancing act because our community is very faith based... but we are also a public school system."
To avoid a potential lawsuit from the organization, Dr. Albertus says steps have been taken to see that school principals and coaches are aware of the relevant parameters of the First Amendment as it relates to the establishment clause and the free exercise clause.
"There is no problem at all for a student to lead a prayer with the team. There's no problem at all for a student to give a devotional or what not but the biggest thing that I told them was the best way you can walk your faith out is the way you interact with people and how you treat the kids and take care of them. Be the best coach and the best person that you can possibly be," articulated Albertus.
A Freedom From Religion Foundation official claims that an area resident had brought their concerns to the group, leading to the contact.
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Location : Carrollton City
People : Mark Albertus