Know the Law

by Jaime Pepin

Maybe you've heard stories of kids sharing their faith in school and getting in trouble for it. Every year it seems like more schools are cracking down on students who talk about Jesus. In 2006, a group of Christian students in New York who were advertising an after-school prayer event were forbidden to even use the name of Jesus on anything they passed out.

To help Christian students in public schools, several organizations have worked to provide the most legally accurate information available.

If you ever run into trouble at school, your parents may want to check out the Alliance Defense Fund at or Gateways to Better Education*

Another helpful resource is the U.S. Department of Education's "Student Religious Expression Public Schools: United States Department of Education Guidelines." This document can easily be found with a search on the Internet and provides comprehensive details on a student's religious rights.

* References to external sites do not constitute blanket endorsement or complete agreement by Focus on the Family with information or resources offered at or through those sites.
This article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine. Copyright © 2009 by Jaime Pepin. Used by permission; Photo © 2010 Paul David/Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.