WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A public elementary school in Kansas is ending the free distribution of Bibles to students after complaints about the practice violating the constitutional separation of church and state.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Herington Elementary School’s giveaway took place about two weeks ago. A table was placed at the school with a sign inviting fifth-graders to help themselves to a free Bible.
The American Humanist Association sent a letter to the school district, demanding that it end the practice, after receiving complaints from parents.
Jeff Jackson is a constitutional law professor at Washburn University. He says Bible distribution tables have been barred from elementary schools, with courts ruling that the young students “are especially open to coercion.”
Superintendent Ron Wilson says the district respects all religious beliefs and students’ constitutional rights.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com
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