Jeremiah G. Dys, an attorney for the Plano, Texas, based Liberty Institute, told the Bulloch County Board of Education last Thursday they are considering filing a federal lawsuit if the board fails to stop censoring email signatures of Bulloch County school teachers and staff. Dys was one of the speakers at last week’s BOE meeting protesting religious censorship that came to a head over the Thanksgiving holidays when a display of teacher and staff Christmas cards were moved from the hallway to an inside wall of ateacher’s lounge. He presented the board with a letter following his comments.
Friday Dys said if the board does not meet the demands of a group of teachers he represents a federal lawsuit is an option to “restore their religious liberty”. School Superintendent Charles Wilson said the board had not decided on a response to the letter.
Friday the board released a statement saying “Out of respect for our community’s questions about the separation of church and state and to further explain how employees can express their faiths, the Board of Education has scheduled a public information session for Thursday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m., in the William James Educational Complex.” Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson, said “At this session, the Board’s legal counsel will provide a clear overview of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and how it affects school system employees while they carry out their official duties.”
The Board will incorporate all questions from last Thursdays meeting into the session, as well as allow for additional questions. Board Chairman Maurice Hill said “It is our hope and intent to clarify the rights and expectations of our employees, so that we can all move forward to fulfill the mission of our school system.”