TST PARENT CHAMPIONS RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN HAYS, KANSAS SCHOOLS
The school board in Hays, Kansas, is taking another look at their student dress codes, thanks to a TST parent who stepped up to defend their child’s Satanic clothing choices. The public school district’s elementary and middle school dress codes expressly prohibit apparel that references Satanism, labeling it "disruptive." When confronted with the contradiction of banning Satanic apparel while simultaneously touting a non-discrimination policy that protects students' religious beliefs, Superintendent Ron Wilson and the board agreed to reexamine the policy, aiming to present a revised policy before the start of the school year.
Update: August 12, 2022
In a rapid series of policy changes, the school board in Hays, Kansas, initially voted to expand the ban on Satanic clothing to all schools in the district, despite their earlier more conciliatory comments. However, after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation warning about the legal liability of threatening their students' Constitutional rights, the board met again, along with the district's attorneys, on August 12th for an executive session. Following a brief discussion, the board reversed its decision and voted to remove all mentions of Satanism from the district's dress code, with several board members citing the threat of a lawsuit as the overriding reason for the policy change.
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