School district defends decision to allow “After School Satan Club”
An Illinois school district is defending an elementary school after it received criticism from parents for handing out flyers promoting a controversial After-School Satan Club for students in the first through fifth grades sponsored by the Satanic Temple.
“Hey Kids, let’s have fun at After School Satan Club,” read the flyer distributed by Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois. The flyer says the program is about “science projects, puzzles and games, arts and crafts projects, nature activities,” according to a tweet. Many parents criticized the Moline-Coal Valley School District after the flyer appeared on social media, CBN News reports.
“Kick every board member off that allowed this to occur. Vote in new people with common sense, morals and ethics,” wrote a parent on Twitter. The school district was quick to come to the defense of the elementary school’s decision.
“The district does not discriminate against any groups who wish to rent our facilities, including religious-affiliated groups,” it said in a statement. “Religiously affiliated groups are among those allowed to rent our facilities for a fee.”
It added, “The district has, in the past, approved these types of groups, one example being the Good News Club, which is an after-school child evangelism fellowship group. Flyers and promotional materials for these types of groups are approved for lobby posting or display only, and not for mass distribution.”
It further sought to explain, saying, “Students or parents are then able to pick up the flyer from the lobby, if they so choose, which is aligned to District policy. Please note that the district must provide equal access to all groups and that students need parental permission to attend any after-school event. Our focus remains on student safety and student achievement.”