On November 20, 2014, Bancroft attorneys Steve Potenza and Chris Bartolomucci and attorneys from the Liberty Institute helped their client, a sophomore at Wantagh High School in Wantagh, N.Y., secure approval from the Board of Education of the Wantagh Union Free School District for a proposed Christian faith-based club. After a Wantagh High School official initially asserted that Christian student groups are “illegal” and refused to recognize the proposed Dare to Believe Christian club, Bancroft sent the school district a demand letter challenging the wrongful rejection. In the letter, Bancroft explained that the Equal Access Act of 1984 provides that once a secondary school such as Wantagh High School allows students to form noncurriculum related clubs that meet on campus, the school must give equal access to, and must not discriminate against, students who wish to form faith-based clubs. Just days after receiving the letter, the school board approved the club.
Liberty Institute, Dare to Believe Webpage (Nov. 24, 2014)
Fox News Insider, UPDATE: School District Will Allow Student’s Christian Club (Nov. 25, 2014)
Andrew Hackmack, Wantagh OKs Christian club, six others, LI Herald (Nov. 24, 2014)
Bart Jones, Wantagh school district approves sophomore Liz Loverde’s Christian faith-based club, Newsday (Nov. 24, 2014)