A middle school in Ohio removed a Ten Commandments plaque from the 1920’s after the Wisconsin based, Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about it.
The plaque was displayed near the auditorium entrace and was gifted to the school by the class of 1926. The FFRF called the plaque a “flagrant violation” of the First Amendment. They also claimed that a concered parent was the one who first brought the plaque to their attention.
Christopher Line, a representative for FFRF, stated in a written letter, “The district’s promotion of the Judeo-Christian bible and religion over nonreligion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student into an outsider. Schoolchildren already feel significant pressure to conform to their peers. They must not be subjected to similar pressure from their schools, especially on religious questions.”
But according to school officials, the plaque has already been taken down. Brian J. DeSantis, the attorney representing the school district wrote in an email to the FFRF, “In speaking with the district, it is my understanding that the plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property.”
And although the FFRF applauded the actions of the school, Superintendent David Brand disagrees with the group’s actions.
“With over 90 years on display, the plaque is recognized as part of the tradition and history of New Philadelphia City Schools…Rather than engaging FFRF in an action where the community’s resources are at stake, the district will consider filing an amicus brief in a forthcoming case on the matter,” Brand said in a statement.