A public school district in Illinois, U.S. has sent a “cease and desist” letter to an unnamed person who gave away Bibles to boys and girls on a public street owned by the district.
“This individual was warned that law enforcement would be called should he or any affiliated persons come onto the School District campus for the purpose of distributing Bibles to students,” an attorney for the La Harpe Community School District no. 347 wrote in a letter to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers, had filed a complaint with the district over two issues regarding religion at La Harpe Elementary School.
The first involved flyers that Principal Lila McKeown had reported distributed to teachers at staff meetings.
The flyers referenced Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas and included Bible passages.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the principal of using her position “to promote her personal religion to teachers and students.”
The school district said they have taken steps to eliminate Bible verses from future staff flyers.
“Principal McKeown will no longer be placing Bible verses in any staff communication or any other School District correspondence or communications in the future,” the district’s attorney wrote in a letter to FFRF.