Friday, January 06, 2012

Refusing Pagan Books, School System Is Reviewing Policy On Distribution of Religious Materials

In December, parent Ginger Strivelli complained to the principal at North Windy Ridge intermediate school in Buncombe County, North Carolina because her son brought home one of the Gideon Bibles that the school had made available in an office for any student who wanted to pick one up.  In response, the principal said that any other group could similarly leave material for students. However when Strivelli showed up on Wednesday with Pagan spell books, the school refused to make them available to students, saying that the school district is reviewing its policy because of the complaints it has generated. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, a statement from the school system said no school will accept a donation of materials "that could be viewed as advocating a particular religion or belief" while the school district policy review is under way. [Thanks to Blog from the Capital for the lead.]