Greeneville, TN

The Greene County Schools maintain a policy of allowing students to be excused from school on religious holidays regularly observed by the students’ faiths. Despite this policy, the Schools refused to excuse a Wiccan student from school to observe two Wiccan religious holidays. In a letter to the Schools, we explained that the Schools’ failure to apply the policy to Wiccans constituted invidious discrimination against Wiccans that violated the Establishment, Free Exercise, and Equal Protection Clauses of the Constitution. The same day we sent the letter, the Schools agreed to allow the student to take the Wiccan holiday of Beltane off. We have asked the Schools to ensure that Wiccans are treated equally with respect to future holidays, and we are awaiting a response.