Oceanside, CA asked in Constitutional Law and Education Law for California

Q: Can a first grade teacher show a video highlighting one particular religion? Don't all materials shown need approval?

Do children that "dress differently" have the right to use that as a reason to talk about their religion or sexuality to other classmates?

1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Interesting question. Answer: It depends on how the teacher presents the discussion about the religion, and there is no limit on what students can talk about among themselves. If the teacher's presentation is for the purpose of discussing a different type of religion, or sensitizing students to the differences in religious dress, then it is most likely permissible. On the other hand if the teacher is presenting this religion to endorse it, and suggest that the students follow this religion, and this is a Public School, then this is probably not proper. Suggest that you contact the school principal to have a discussion about your concerns.

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