KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 14 – Education officials in Illinois, USA are defending an elementary school after flyers promoting an after-school Satan club surfaced.
In a statement, Moline-Coal Valley School District Superintendent No. 40 Dr. Rachel Savage said the club did not involve any teachers from the school where the club was held.
The flyers “were not distributed to all students” and facility rental for the club was not and “is not affiliated with the school or district”, Newsweek reported.
Savage added that the idea for the club originally came from a parent in the district and the parent took it upon themselves and contacted the national organization behind the club.
The parent told the organization that they were looking to bring other perspectives to the school.
Additionally, the superintendent said it would have been illegal to deny the organization “pay to rent its state-funded facility” after school, as doing so would have subjected the school district to legal action for discrimination.
The district said other religious entities have used its facilities in the past.
Savage also pointed out that the district also has a Good News Christian Club, among other after-school clubs that require parental permission before participation.
Her response came after a flyer about Jane Addams Elementary’s club went viral on social media.
According to the flyer, the club aims to teach children “caring and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression and personal sovereignty.”
The document also stated that “The Satan After School Club does not attempt to convert children to any religious ideology. Instead, The Satanic Temple helps children think for themselves.”
According to the flyer, the club is to meet at the school for one hour once a month.
On its website, the Satanic Temple said after-school Satan clubs “meet at select public schools where Good News Clubs also operate” and are an open environment where parents are welcome.