Bible verse removed W.Va. school gym, team website

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Wood County school officials have removed a Bible verse from Parkersburg South High School’s gymnasium and the school wrestling team’s website.

The team’s use of Philippians 4:13 drew a complaint earlier this month from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The verse states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Wood County Superintendent Pat Law tells media outlets that the verse has been removed from the team’s website, which linked to the school’s website.

The verse also was painted above the doors to the wrestling room in the gym and appeared on the team’s T-shirts. Law says the verse in the gym was painted over Tuesday.

The foundation’s attorney, Patrick Elliott, says public schools can’t endorse religion.

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