Donald and Louise Hatch, whose daughter is enrolled in Mitchell's class, objected to the practice and filed the Hatch v. Marsh suit against the Nassau County School Board when Mitchell refused to discontinue it.
The school board voted unanimously to allow the religious readings. Said Board member W.D. Rodeffer, "I see nothing wrong in what Mrs. Mitchell has been doing. If this little girl doesn't like it, let's put her in a chair outside the door."
"When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one." -- Ben Franklin