On October 13, the association sent a letter to district officials and attorneys describing an alleged incident involving a teacher at Northwest Rankin High School mocking atheism in the classroom.

Sent on behalf of an Atheist student, the letter says her teacher, who is also a pastor of a church, told the classroom on Oct. 8, “Atheists are throwing a fit because they don’t have their own day. They do have their own day; it’s called April Fools’ Day, because you are a fool if you don’t believe in God.”

Monica Miller, senior counsel for the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said the mother who brought the complaint to the association and her daughter wish to remain anonymous.

“The mother contacted us, obviously concerned about the behavior of the teacher in her daughter’s school,” Miller said.

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