Satan After School Program ending for now

by: Patranya Bhoolsuwan Updated:

Tacoma, Wash. - After less than a year, the controversial "Satan after-school program" that operated out of an elementary school in Tacoma is now on hold.

The club decided not to renew its application for this school year.

The Satanic Temple of Seattle, which runs the program, says it has to do with not having enough volunteers.

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“It’s the middle of the week and middle of the weekday, it’s hard for some people to take time off to get down to Tacoma,” says chapter leader Lilith Starr. “For this year, we are not going to do it but it won’t stop us from doing it next year if we have enough volunteers”.

 KIRO 7 was there when the club launched last December and brought out a crowd of protesters saying it shouldn't be allowed in an elementary school.

But the organizer said the program has no "evil" intentions. It's about counterbalancing religious views of Christian-based after-school programs.

According to the Tacoma School District, the club only had one student. She was an 11-year-old student who does not attend Point Defiance Elementary.

For Starr, she says the group is proud of that one member who showed up every week.

“It was our first year and we had one student and she was so enthusiastic and we felt it was a success,” says Starr

Now the search is on for more volunteers to help run this program, and organizers say they are still hoping to expand it to other schools in Western Washington.

 


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