YULEE, Fla. – About a thousand students attend Yulee High School, but when it comes to the morning announcements, two of them run the show.
A student who delivers the morning announcements on the school PA system likes to end them with “God bless America” – a familiar sign off, most notably from the president of the United States.
But that proved to be too much for two atheist students who complained not to the school, but to the American Humanist Association, according to 10 News.
That led the Appignani Humanist Legal Center to sent a strongly-worded letter to the school district, which collapsed faster than a sand castle under a wave.
“We have been informed that religious messages are being delivered over the PA system at Yulee High School every morning for the past few weeks,” AHA wrote to the district.
It added such a phrase was a “constitutional violation” and “inappropriate.”
“Every day these students must witness the State, through its public schools, define patriotism in a way that portrays God belief as consistent with ideal patriotism and disbelief as something less. Indeed, the daily validation of the religious views of God-believers resigns atheists to second-class citizens. Because attendance is mandatory, the students have no way of avoiding this daily message either,” according to the Humanists.
After the complaint, and a threat of a lawsuit, the district ordered the student to stop saying “God bless America.”
Nassau County School district spokesperson Sheryl Wood tells the news station, “Students at Yulee High are free to express their beliefs all day long, but not during the school announcement. This student deviated from the script and has been instructed do not deviate from the script; he is a good student and he meant no harm.”