Ringgold, Ga., resident Donna Jackson denies she complained about the signs bearing quoted scriptures held up by Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School cheerleaders. ”I did not call the superintendent and complain that the LFO cheerleaders’ signs violated federal law by promoting religion at a school function,” Ms. Jackson states in a news release.
“I am not offended by Bible verses, much less by Bible verses displayed publicly,” she states.
Ms. Jackson states she contacted superintendent Denia Reese to “express concern that the cheerleaders’ signs be done in such a way that all involved were within the ever-changing and very confusing lines drawn by the federal courts about such things.
“The issue was on my mind because of a school law class I took last summer at the Christian university where I am working on my doctorate of education degree,” she states. She attends Liberty University, which she points out was founded by the late Jerry Falwell.
She said her two sons are former and current LFO students and she has never “said anything about the signs all these years. "The call to the superintendent was “in hope of heading off the type of community division that hasty actions have now caused,” she said.
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...