While it seems to have become acceptable for U.S. public school teachers to become involved with students’ sexuality, pushing homosexuality and transgenderism via secret clubs and “inclusive” curricula, any whiff of Christianity sets off alarm bells.
A student-initiated revival event that took place at Huntington High School in West Virginia created concerns among parents and students this month when two teachers required their classes to attend.
Max Nibert, a senior at Huntington High School, said he knew religious events were happening at school in early February, hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and which certain homerooms were allowed to attend each day.
“I was told we would be going later in the week, and then I asked about it later in the week, and it was canceled. I started getting texts, photos and videos from friends of mine that were in classes where their homeroom teachers made them attend, and they did not feel comfortable being there,” Nibert said.
Bethany Felinton said her son, who is Jewish, was in one of the two homerooms whose teachers told their students they had to go.
“He told me the teacher made the whole class go to the auditorium, and they were having a sermon. He said, ‘I’ve asked to leave and I am not allowed to leave,’ ” she told WCHS 8 News.
The FCA reportedly invited Nik Walker Ministries to hold a revival at the school. It was announced as a voluntary activity, but Felinton said her son’s teacher said that she wanted to go, therefore everyone was going.
“I was brought up in a small Baptist church in Southern West Virginia, so this is not knocking Christianity. It’s just saying that it was against the rights of my child and others mandated to go to this event,” Felinton said.
Cabell County Schools Communications Director Jedd Flowers said students planned the event and that it was held during non-instructional time. Student leaders of such events have to submit lists of students who voluntarily signed up, Flowers said, and that while the school followed these rules, things went wrong when two teachers made attendance mandatory