School Caught Promoting Good News Club Now Trying to Cover Its Tracks

Yesterday I wrote an article about Wittenburg Elementary, a school that held a day of fun for their kids called “Field Day,” but decided to break the law int he process by inviting Good News Club organizers to tag along, hand out refreshments, and put up a booth advertising the club at an official school function.

Since then, a parent with kids in the school contacted me to thank me for writing the piece and let me know of other legal violations at the school, including a teacher who leads her class in prayer every day before lunch.  It seems Wittenburg Elementary doesn’t care about the law.  But they do care about getting caught…

This morning I noticed that whoever runs the school’s Facebook page has taken town the photo of the Good News Club tent at the event, has edited the post description to remove the mention of the Good News Club and Millersville Baptist Church, and has blocked visitors from viewing comments from other commenters.  Well, I guess you win, Wittenburg. You’ve successfully covered up your violation of the Constitution and have hidden your illegal activity.  Except…

I’m not new at this. I have screen shots of everything.

Here’s the photo they took down, and the edit history of their Facebook post, which tell us two things. #1: They suck at social media and mistakenly thought this would be an effective cover-up. #2: They realize they did something wrong, but won’t admit it of course, and are now trying to hide it.

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Shame, shame. It’s time to clean up your act, Wittenburg. It’s time to stop illegally forcing kids to participate in Christian prayer during school hours and it’s time to push the Good News Club back to where the law says they must stay — after school and unaffiliated with the school district.  Breaking the law and putting kids’ mental health in danger gets you reviews like this.

We have laws for a reason.  It’s time to follow them or you’re going to find yourself in court.

UPDATE: Wittenburg Elementary has taken down their Facebook page after I and a few readers left negative reviews of the school. I expect this to be temporary while the school is closed for Easter break and no one is monitoring their page. Apparently, if you can’t take the heat, you run and hide instead of facing your wrongdoings. That’s one hell of a lesson to teach your students.

 

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13 thoughts on “School Caught Promoting Good News Club Now Trying to Cover Its Tracks

  1. You could also write reviews on Great Schools I don’t think most schools monitor those. And even if they do I’m not sure if they have the power to remove them.

  2. I honestly don’t know how you guys deal with this type of nonsense that seems to be constantly going on in your school system! I’ve always been grateful to be Canadian…I’m pretty sure it’s been tried, but I think that any group trying to pull this sh*t in our schools would be about as welcome as a Nazi revival. I so hope that charges will follow!

  3. yep,liars for the lord…the ends justify the means. bear false witness so you can teach the kids not to bear false witness,as one of the commandments.hypocrisy much. does this somehow fool your lord,or please, him ? these kind of christians think they are above the law…..US law,and the law of their lord,that says not to bear false witness…. go figure.

  4. I am so disgusted by this article. How shameful of to try and refuse children a right to participate in any club they wish. This club is at the school just like any other club. Children get to choose. This article makes it seem like you prefer “out of sight” only towards religious clubs but I feel certain by your tone that you’d be just fine with LGBT and other clubs that ARE NOT good for the mental health of children. I thank GOD for clubs like this to help our children have excellent mental health..ya know why??..because they learn to treat others as they wish to be treated. Good News club is no different than any other club. You join b/c its your interest. Only parents who don’t want their child to have a choice in their religious practices would write such a ridiculous article. I for one am proud to have a child at this school and I am proud that it is still offered in our area. Lets see….we live in a community that has lower crime than almost anywhere else…guess that’s just by chance…or maybe it has something to do with the fact that our children are learning to be decent, caring and thoughtful individuals. What could possibly be wrong with that? You people commenting negatively about this club are EXACTLY what is wrong with this country today! Notice how when GOD is taken out of things the world is slowly going to hell with it? I think before you right an article like this you should have your mental health checked. I sure hope you don’t have children. If you do…lets see how well they function or DON’T as an adult. There is your test.

    1. Hi Amanda, thanks for stopping by. While I appreciate that you took the time to give me your feedback, it’s obvious that you’re so blinded by your religious views that you lack the ability to view this situation objectively. In this case, the Good News Club and the school district BROKE THE LAW. If you don’t agree with the law, then go ahead and lobby your representatives to try and change the law. Until then, the GNC must abide by the law. Not only did they break the law, but they also tried to cover it up by removing pictures of their illegal activity from the internet. Does that sound like Christian behavior to you? Does your school teach kids to take responsibility for their wrongdoing or do they teach kids to cover it up instead? In this case, the GNC showed up at a school function DURING SCHOOL HOURS when no other group was invited or represented. That is illegal. If the GNC’s goal was to simply help out with the activity and pass out drinks and treats, then they wouldn’t have set up a branded booth with information about joining their club. But that’s obviously not what their intent was. They set up a booth and advertised their religious club to kids they normally wouldn’t have access to, without parental permission or knowledge. That’s the definition of predatory behavior. While you might think it’s good to threaten kids with hell and call them sinners because they end up better citizens, you’re wrong. It’s manipulative psychological abuse. Kids should be taught to do the right thing because it’s the right thing and it benefits the community, not because if they don’t they’ll be “separated from their loved ones in a dark place called hell.” That’s what I teach my kids, and they’ll be mentally healthy, well-adjusted, empathetic citizens as a result.

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