- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - A group may sue Duncan Public Schools over claims that a teacher distributed Bibles during her class.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center says it was contacted by parent of a Woodrow Wilson Elementary third-grader. The group says the student’s teacher offered small New Testament Bibles during class time, and that he felt pressured to follow his classmates and take one.

The national nonprofit group, which focuses on the separation of church and state issues, said the district has until Friday to respond to the allegation or it could face a lawsuit.

“What makes this particular incident so egregious is the impressionable nature of elementary-school students, who are more likely to see their public school’s involvement in disseminating religious materials as an endorsement of that religion,” Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller told The Duncan Banner (https://bit.ly/1NUywCb ).

The Duncan Public Schools Superintendent Melonie Hau told the paper the school will conduct a full investigation of the alleged incident.

The story has sparked mixed reactions from parents, students and other Duncan residents. Some say nothing wrong happened, while others say it should not have happened or it should have been handled differently.

The ACLU of Oklahoma told KWSO-TV that more often than not, deadlines like the one the legal center has given are not necessarily a threat, but an “olive branch” to work with the school outside of court.



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