NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island High School has reversed its decision to not allow the formation of a Christian club after the student who spearheaded the initiative claimed the club was rejected because of its religious nature.
Attorneys with Liberty Institute and McDermott Will & Emory LLP, who represent Ward Melville High School student John Raney, recently sent a demand letter to school administrators in defense of Raney’s right to form the club, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.READ MORE: 12-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy Dies After Complaining Of Head Pain, NYPD Investigating
The attorneys allege that school administrators said the reason Raney’s club was rejected was because religious clubs are illegal in New York public schools.
“Students of faith in New York public schools have the same freedom to form a religious club as other students who want to form a fishing club or chess club,” said Liberty Institute Jeremy Dys. “In this case, Ward Melville High School is violating federal law by rejecting this club because it is religious.”
“I felt violated. All me and my fellow Christian friends wanted to do was to meet. We have the same rights that all these other clubs have,” Raney told Hall.