Bible Battle in School District

 

Bible Battle in School District
By: CJ Cassidy

Annapolis, MO - A

n age old debate becomes a hot topic in one heartland school district.

A
t issue
:
S
hould leaders at the
S
outh
I
ron
S
chool
D
istrict have allowed a Christian group to hand out b
ibles on school property?

T

he
American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU
asked a
F
ederal
C
ourt today to step in and stop the group from handing out
B
ibles to fifth graders during class time.

T
he controversial issue has school leaders and parents deeply divided
,
wondering what's next.

"T

hey're given individually to students to take home
, and
students can choose to take them or not
," S
uperintendent
H
omer
L
ewis says
. He explains
members with
G
ideon
s
I
nternational have handed out bibles to fifth graders for at least ten years.

B
ut after the
ACLU
stepped in on behalf of some objecting parents in
A
nnapolis
,
L
ewis did some research.

He

came up with information that indicated
"
it was illegal and could put the school's insurance coverage in jeopardy.
"

"I

gave that information to the board and the board decided to go ahead and pursue what we'd done in the past
," he says.

L
ewis admits that puts him in a difficult position
,
but the 4-3 vote by board members gave him no choice.

O
ne fifth grader's parent says she doesn't understand why there's an issue at all.

"A

s a parent, it's a good thing.
I
think our kids need it
. They
need a lot more discipline
, and a
lot more
C
hristian atmosphere in our school
," Christina Dooley says.

S
till other folks who live in the home of freedom fest
,
wonder what exactly their freedoms entitle them to.

"I

don't think the children should have
B
ibles until they're old enough to understand the concept of religion
.
I
believe it's wrong to give children materials that in my opinion are slanted towards
the
belief of a supreme being
," Frederick Kurtzborn says.

S

uperintendent
L
ewis submitted his resignation from the school district where he's worked for more than 35 years
,
at the same time the controversy started up.

H

e says it wasn't the main factor
,
but refers to it as the straw that broke the camel's back.

N
o one from
G
ideon
I
nternational returned
our
calls.

W
e'll keep you posted on what happens next with this case.