Schools may soon be required to display "In God We Trust"

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - If a new bill passes in the state Legislature, the words "In God We Trust" could be seen clearly in local schools.

Students with Marianna High School's Fellowship of Christian Athletes said it would be a welcome sign.

"I think this might be a really good idea for the students where they can look and it's like, 'Oh, I know what that means. I don't have to be afraid of people telling me I can't share this here. You're not allowed,'" Marianna High School junior Barbara Janera McAllister said.

The bill would allow the saying to be prominently displayed. If passed it states: "Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, 'In God We Trust'"

"This is going to give people a taste of our history, of the foundational slogan of America, and and kinda gives Christians a freer say," MHS senior Kiera Culbreath said.

Not everyone likes the idea of breaking down the barriers between church and state.

One Facebook comment reads "Religious beliefs belong in a church or your own home. Don't force it on everyone."

If the bill becomes law, it will take effect July 1, 2018.

The bipartisan bill received unanimous support from the House "Pre K-12 Innovation Subcommittee. It'll now move to the House Education Committee.