Religious and Family Freedom and the Wake County School Board

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I have just been notified that the judge from our administrative hearing is planning to rule against our motion to allow Brittany to continue to attend Middle Creek High School while the case is being heard. We are very sad to hear this as it may mean that Amber and Brittany will be separated for a significant part of their school year this year. It also may mean we will be scrambling for ways to ensure that each of them can attend their pre- and post-school activities, religious and otherwise.

If it happens, this will be the first time in their lives that the two have been separated at school. Even while Amber was attending Middle School and Brittany was in Elementary School, or Amber in her Freshman year of High School and Brittany at Middle School, they both went to the same school campus the Middle and Elementary were right next to each other, as were the Middle and the High School. They are very close and have many similar interests. Obviously, they are upset over this ruling.

This decision of the school board has come at great cost for us and other families in the school system. I urge everyone to contact their school board members and let them know of their concerns about the problems created by splitting families across multiple schools unless required by a split between elementary and middle or middle and high.

We plan to continue the suit and hope for eventual victory in this case. We have long felt that this case is more important than just for our family.

We are currently weighing our options. If our pre-trial motion fails, we may have to consider things such as moving the family to another home within the Middle Creek school boundaries, Rhonda or I leaving our work, Brittany being unable to attend seminary classes long-term, or some other equally unattractive options. In the short-term, it is likely that Brittany will be forced to attend Holly Springs HS and may have to ride the school bus every day and miss her seminary classes. We are hoping this will not happen.

We appreciate the continued prayers and concern shown to us by the many who have contacted us.

* Here is the related WRAL news story and here is the related News and Observer story.

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