Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Superintendent Steve Mills:
On Friday, June 8, 2012, our School Districts received a favorable decision from Middlesex Superior Court in Jane Doe et al. v. Acton-Boxorough Regional School District, et al.
The court upheld school districts’ long standing practice of leading children in the Pledge of Allegiance, which is also required by our state law. The court also affirmed the constitutionality of the Pledge as it is currently written, including the phrase, “under God.”
The School Districts have maintained throughout this law suit that they have not engaged in unlawful discrimination against its students, specifically with respect to their religious beliefs as was alleged in this case. We are pleased with the court’s decision regarding the claim of discrimination, and we continue to work hard to provide a positive and accepting educational environment for all of the children in the communities we serve.
Acton Patch NOTE: According to an interview with Mills on February 16, 2012, the case has cost the school district $10,000.