Editor’s note: The following editorial originally appeared in the Nov. 20, 1903 Bulletin.
It is not a proper use of a public school house to permit religious of miscellaneous meetings there when other places of meeting are available. When there are no other places available for the purpose and when no objection is made it may be proper to use the school house for such gatherings, for it is community property and those meetings frequently serve community needs. But at best they litter the school house and disturb in a measure the regular work of the school, rendering unsafe the belongings of pupils and teacher and district used in the daily work. Some of our churchmen believe in dancing, others do not; but dancing in a public school house is prohibited by law. Generally a district school house should be used only for purposes of public education. This is particularly true when, as at Bend, there are available halls to be had. Each budding townsite has a place available for public meetings. Why not take the religious and other meetings there and leave the school house in peace to serve its legitimate purpose. It is not a Presbyterian, or Baptist, or Catholic, or pagan school house. It is a place of instruction of the children of the community so they may become useful and patriotic citizens, and the farther all partisan bickering can be kept from the school house the better it will be for all.