Friday, October 17, 2014 - 6:51pm
Cape Henlopen School District Responds to Question about What Appeared to be Post-Game Prayer
Updated Monday, October 20, 2014 - 2:56am
The Superintendent of the Cape Henlopen School District says steps will be taken to remind staff - including coaches - about laws of Separation of Church and State and "will respond accordingly so that an objective / reasonable observer will not perceive their actions as endorsing religion in the future."
The letter from Superintendent Robert Fulton was sent to a Staff Attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The organization informed the district last week of its concerns about a photograph after a recent football game that appeared to show football coach Bill Collick and some players taking part in a post-game prayer, and raising questions about whether it was a constitutional violation.
The text of the letter, which a school board member says was not confidential, is below:
October 17, 2014
Freedom From Religion foundation
P.O. Box 750
Madison, WI 53701
Dear Ms. Cavell:
Thank you for your correspondence with regard to the football coach's alleged participation in the football team's prayer.
Since receiving the letter I took time to discuss your concerns with members of our administrative staff and Bill Collick, our high school football coach.
We discussed the contents of your letter as well as why the photo taken after the October 3, 2014 football game led you to believe that Mr. Collick was participating in prayer with his players.
I can assure you that our employees, including coaches, will be reminded of laws involving the Separation of Church and State and will respond accordingly so that an objective/reasonable observer will not perceive their actions as endorsing religion in the future.
Robert S. Fulton, M.S. Ed
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