Need help on addressing a religious problem in my schoo.

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Need help on addressing a religious problem in my schoo.

So my school has a teacher that has the ten commandments posted in her class on the wall right by the door. Now, if I remember correctly this is illegal if you don't have other religions posted along side with it. But, I'm not sure. So I was hoping somebody could provide a correct citation that verifies this.

Next, my school has a poster posted that says "Remember get good grades and pray to god to stay as a good person" or something like that. I'm 99% this shits illegal with the correlation of prayer = good person. Not praying = bad person. I'm going to go to my principal to get this taken down because its just offensive. I'm looking for a citation that I can provide for this as well.

I also live in Indiana if that helps any. I just can't for the life of me find any citations for these. So that's why I'm looking for your help.
Thanks for your time!

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Pitar's picture

Specifically - Morals Instruction (8) is a rather expansive catchall given to a teacher's freedom to interpret what he/she qualifies as "other".

IC 20-30-5-4.5
Moment of silence
Sec. 4.5. (a) In order that:
(1) the right of each student to the free exercise of religion is
guaranteed within the schools; and
(2) the freedom of each student is subject to the least possible
coercion from the state either to engage in or to refrain from
religious observation on school grounds;
the governing body of each school corporation shall establish the
daily observance of a moment of silence in each classroom or on
school grounds.
(b) During the moment of silence required by subsection (a), the
teacher responsible for a classroom shall ensure that all students
remain seated or standing and silent and make no distracting display
so that each student may, in the exercise of the student's individual
choice, meditate, pray, or engage in any other silent activity that does
not interfere with, distract, or impede another student in the exercise
of the student's individual choice.
As added by P.L.78-2005, SEC.6.
IC 20-30-5-5
Morals instruction
Sec. 5. (a) Each public school teacher and nonpublic school
teacher who is employed to instruct in the regular courses of grades
1 through 12 shall present the teacher's instruction with special
emphasis on:
(1) honesty;
(2) morality;
(3) courtesy;
(4) obedience to law;
(5) respect for the national flag and the Constitution of the State
of Indiana and the Constitution of the United States;
(6) respect for parents and the home;
(7) the dignity and necessity of honest labor; and
(8) other lessons of a steadying influence that tend to promote
and develop an upright and desirable citizenry.
(b) The state superintendent shall prepare outlines or materials for
the instruction described in subsection (a) and incorporate the
instruction in the regular courses of grades 1 through 12.
As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.14.

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