YFA Rapid Response Team
We live in a day and age where public schools are no longer simply following a separation of church and state. Many are not allowing students and teachers their 1st amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. This is the result of an anti-theism movement that would have administration deny God or not allow God in schools at all. That is illegal and violates the rights of both students and teachers granted by the 1st Amendment. The YFA Rapid Response Team can educate students, teachers, administrators, parents, and churches on what is and is not allowed on campus before, during, and after school. Our goal is to help clear up common misconceptions and educate on the truth. Too many times, anti-theism groups bully school administrators and violate the 1st amendment rights granted by the US Constitution. Before taking the legal route, allow us the opportunity to educate and equip your school and students as to what is allowed. A Christian student or teacher deserves the right to be heard just like everyone else.
Keep away from disruptive behavior.
We can be 100% right and still be wrong in how we handle a situation. Getting into an argument with a teacher is never the best way to win a disagreement.
Remember the goal is not winning but education.
It is a lot easier to approach someone after the fact when all parties have calmed down than to continue escalating a bad situation.
Documentation is key.
It does not matter what a parent, pastor, or we at YFA say your rights are. Unless you can back up the stance with facts or proof, the discussion will go nowhere. Showing a school official what the courts or Department of Education have to say on a subject carries a lot more weight than someone's opinion.
(The YFA Team is available to help each step of the way)
1. Politely inform the instructor that you are allowed to carry out the questioned action. If they still insist that it is wrong, STOP! QUIT ARGUING!
2. Inform another teacher or Christian Club Sponsor about the situation, and allow them to help you present what is or isn't allowed. (Use documentation) *
3. If step 2 does not work, inform a parent, pastor, or YFA so they can contact the administration.
4. If step 3 does not work, inform the district office or school board.
5. If step 4 does not work, contact a national organization for help.
* Step 2 can also be done by the student but it needs to be handled in a non-confrontational manner, and it is always better to have an adult witness with you to elaborate on your side of the story.
Remember most situations can be handled by presenting the facts. Going to the media or filing lawsuits should be our last resort and not our first response.