An atheist group has convinced an Indiana school district to ban its teacher led-prayers in its local public schools.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute in May, demanding that it halt the practice of allowing teachers to lead prayers in area public schools. The letter came after an anonymous parent contacted the atheist organization, saying that a teacher at the local Sarah Scott Middle School had led a prayer during a recent school banquet.
The letter demanded that the school district investigate the incident and provide an outline as to how it would educate its teachers and staff on the constitutional separation of church and state. more >>
The family of a 4-year-old boy was left outraged after the boy was banned from a donut shop simply for asking a customer if she was pregnant. Even though the customer was not offended, the donut shop owners insisted that the boy and his family were "rude" and not allowed in.
Rebecca Denham and her son were at the Doughnut Inn in Munroe, Connecticut when the incident occurred. She said that 4-year-old Justin asked a fellow customer had a baby in her belly.
Four members of the board of trustees at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, have stepped down from their positions, citing a disagreement with school leadership that could not be reconciled.
After a private board meeting earlier in July, Trustees Jeff Ryan, Gary Phillips, James Wolf and Mark Senter stepped down from their positions, citing concerns over the leadership of Stephen Livesay, president of the small Christian liberal arts college. Twelve other trustee members remain on the board.
Former Trustee Jeff Ryan told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the special July board meeting was called to address "the issues and controversies and problems at Bryan College that have developed in the last year." When an agreement couldn't be reached during the closed-door meeting, the trustee added to the local media outlet that he chose to resign due to the "failed leadership at the level of the president and within the board itself." more >>
A group of shoppers in Katy, Texas, thought they needed to act quickly to spare the lives of two small children inside a hot Jeep on Monday afternoon. Their mother had left the kids inside the vehicle while she went and got her hair done.
"It was a crazy situation," Gabriel Del Valle, one of the rescuers, told WFAA News. "The kids were in there crying. I mean, you would understand – it's real hot."
People gathered around the vehicle and did whatever they could to get the kids out. One man used a hammer to shatter the glass windows so that the children could be lifted out of the vehicle. Using the doors was not an option given that not only were they locked, but a child lock was in place as well. The group eventually freed the children and found their mother. more >>
It's supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but for 35 Disney World employees, things just got a lot worse. In an undercover sting, nearly 35 Disney employees have been accused of sex crimes involving children – trying to meet a minor for sex, say – or for possession of child pornography. The results of a six-month investigation have been released by a major news organization and have rocked the Magic Kingdom.
Various employees, including security guards, a character, a VIP tour guide trainee, and a gift shop employee, as well as maintenance workers, were all caught in the sting set up by the Lake County, Florida, Sheriff's Office. The sting ended this July, with two Disney employees and one Universal Studios employee arrested by Polk County Sheriff's detectives.
Matthew "Cody" Myers, 23, the Universal Studios employee, was arrested on charges including traveling to meet a minor and using a computer to lure a child. The Disney employees: Zachary Spencer, 26, and Allen Treaster, were also arrested in the sting. more >>
A California school district has refused to apologize to one of its students for previously banning him from mentioning God in his graduation speech, saying instead that it has an "obligation" to prevent "prayers and other sectarian, proselytizing content" from being a part of the speech.
Brooks Hamby, the salutatorian of Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California, made national headlines back in June when he ignored his school's attempts at censoring God from his graduation speech, instead giving an inspirational, Christian-oriented speech on the importance of standing up for one's beliefs.
Now, one month after the controversial speech went viral online, lawyers for the Brawley Union High School District say they will not apologize to Hamby for censoring religious references from his graduation speech, instead saying that the school has an "obligation" to remain secular during school functions. more >>