PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky school board says it won't stand in the way of religious people — particularly Christian students — from brining Bibles on to district campuses.
The Pike County Board of Education last week declined to sanction the use or distribution of religious materials at schools, but also opted not to ban the practice.
The Appalachian News-Express reported (http://bit.ly/18foEgg ) that board attorney Neal Smith concluded that there's no rule prohibiting students from carrying a Bible on campus.
"Bringing your Bible to school is not inappropriate; reading it, talking about it is just fine, as long as you're not doing it to kids that are compelled to be present and compelled to listen to you," Smith said. "Then, you've crossed the line."
The issue arose Tuesday after a group of parents, led by Joey Sussan, approached the board with concerns that Bibles weren't allowed in schools.
Sussan, who said he was representing Jesus Christ before the board, said such a ban would violate the rights of Christian students.
"Anything to do with our religion, we're going to stand for our rights," he said.
Information from: Appalachian News-Express, http://www.news-expressky.com