West Virginia School District Investigating Religious Event
A West Virginia school principal is investigating a Feb. 2 religious revival at Huntington High School, saying he believes students’ rights were violated
Huntington, West Virginia – A West Virginia school superintendent is investigating a February 2 religious revival event at Huntington High School, saying he believes the rights of some students were violated.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes had invited Nik Walker Ministries to host a revival at the school, which was advertised as a volunteer event. School officials said there was supposed to be a sign-up sheet to attend, but two teachers mistakenly took all of their classes.
This prompted complaints from some parents and students who staged the walkout.
“It has been reported to my staff that some students are scheduled to attend a religious event during the school day,” Saxe said in the statement. “At this stage of the investigation, I believe that some students’ rights have been violated. As the investigation continues, we must follow due process, which takes some time, in reaching out to any responsible employee while working to ensure that such a situation never happens again.”
Saxe said the district respects students’ right to express their opinions and respects their right to religious expression, but that “forcing religious expression on those with different beliefs is not acceptable and is not consistent with district, state, or federal policy and will not be condoned by my administration or the Board of Education.