Lawsuit Brought Against Lincoln Park Public Schools in Michigan

February 20, 1999

Source: The Detroit News

On February 20, 1999, The Detroit News published an editorial noting that a 17-year-old high school student in Lincoln Park High School, Crystal Seifferly, is suing the school system for not giving her the right to wear a pentagram, the symbol of her Wiccan faith. In an attempt to curb violence and gang activity within the school system, the principal of the high school announced a policy that would target "inappropriate activities" such as "graffiti," "gang colors/styles," "cult dress/styles," "black nail polish," and "Pentagram symbols." The policy also sought to exclude those groups not appropriate to the school setting, including the Ku Klux Klan and "Pagans." The ACLU, which is arguing Seifferly's case, contends that the school has "failed in its constitutional duty to be neutral in its treatment of religions."