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hen you walk into your school, you do not suddenly lose your rights as an American citizen. The First Amendment still applies to you. Here are the things you can legally do at school. 

I. The Right to Meet with Other Religious Students

     The Equal Access Act allows students the freedom to meet on campus for the purpose of  discussing religious issues.

II. The Right to Identify Your Religious Beliefs through Signs / Symbols

      Students are free to express their religious beliefs through signs and symbols on clothing and other personal articles.

III. The Right to Talk About Your Religious Beliefs on Campus

       Freedom of speech is a fundamental right mandated by the U.S. Constitution and does not

       exclude the public school campus.

IV. The Right to Distribute Religious Literature on Campus

        Distributing literature on campus may not be restricted simply because it is religious.

V. The Right to Pray on Campus

       Students may pray alone or with others so long as it does not disrupt school activities, or is not forced on others.

VI. The Right to Carry or Study Your Bible on Campus

       The Supreme Court has said that only state-directed Bible reading is unconstitutional.

VII. The Right to Do Research Papers, Speeches, and Creative Projects with Religious Themes

         The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not forbid all mention of religion in public schools.

VIII. The Right to be Exempt

          Students may be exempt from activities and class content that contradicts their religious beliefs.

IX. The Right to Celebrate or Study Religious Holidays on Campus

        Music, art, literature, and drama that have religious themes are permitted as part of the curriculum for school activities if presented in an objective manner as a traditional part  of the cultural and religious heritage of the particular holiday.

X. The Right to Meet with School Officials

      The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids Congress to make any law that would restrict the right of people  

        to petition the Government (school officials, in this case).

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See www.aclj.org for more details on these rights.