Yesterday, attorneys with Liberty Institute and McDermott Will & Emory LLP sent a demand letter to school administrators of Ward Melville High School in defense of a student’s right to form a Christian Club on campus.
“Students of faith in New York public schools have the same freedom to form a
religious club as other students who want to form a fishing club or chess
club,” said Liberty Institute Jeremy Dys. “In this case, Ward Melville
High School is violating federal law by rejecting this club because it is
Liberty Institute’s client applied to form a Christian club at Ward Melville
High School, but school administrators simply ignored his application for more
than two months. Only when the student’s parent asked the principal about
her son’s application, did the student learn why his club had been denied.
Religious clubs, according to school administrators, are illegal in New
York public schools.
“All we are asking is to exercise the same freedom to form a club that everyone
else has at our school,” said John Raney, the student at Ward Melville who has
applied to start Students United in Faith. “Ward Melville has 41
different student clubs, why won’t Ward Melville tolerate our faith-based