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May 17, 2005

School Bans Kids From Reading Bibles During Recess

Topics: Human Interest

I missed this at The Education Wonks on Sunday, but it's never too late to pass this around.

It is being reported that an elementary school has banned kids from bringing Bibles to school and reading them during recess:

In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennessee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on "shaky constitutional ground."

According to ADF, 10-year-old student Luke Whitson used his regularly scheduled recess time to read the Bible with a few friends on his school's playground. After receiving a complaint from a parent, the principal reportedly ordered the students to stop their activity, put their Bibles away and cease from bringing them to school.

"There are no 'age discrimination' allowances in the First Amendment of the Constitution," said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. "The law protects these students the same as it protects all students."

Infranco said children "have rights of speech and association during their non-instructional time, and the school may not curtail those rights because of their age."

According to the Knox News Sentinel: silviom[at]mailinator[dot]com password: helsinki) Karns Elementary School Principal Cathy Summa denies that there is a ban on bringing Bibles to school, saying that she has one in her office. But when can kids read their Bibles? 

Read more at The Education Wonks ...

Posted by Hyscience at May 17, 2005 9:14 PM

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