Yulee High School criticized for student saying 'God Bless America' in morning announcements

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YULEE, Fla. —

A local high school is facing criticism from the American Humanist Organization over the phrase "God Bless America."

The Washington-based Appignani Humanist Legal Center wrote a letter to the Nassau County school superintendent and Yulee High School principal Natasha Drake.
    
The group says the school violated the Constitution when it allowed a student to end morning announcements by saying "God Bless America." It also says the school approved the student's script.

The email we obtained on the group's website says: "...religious messages are being delivered over the PA system at Yulee High School every morning for the past few weeks..."
    
The email goes on to say: "it is inappropriate and unlawful for a public school to start the school day with an official statement over the intercom stating “God Bless America,”

The group says it found out about the morning announcements when two other students complained and that the principal did talk with the student who made the announcements.
    
Action News has reached out to the Nassau County School District but our calls have not been returned. We will let you know as soon as we hear back.

Click here to read the full letter.