Joplin suspends middle-school Bible study

     (AP) – The Joplin school district has suspended a middle school

Bible study that provided doughnuts to those who participated.

     The district announced the action after a complaint from the American Humanist

Association, which alleged school employees and clergy used the doughnuts to

attract students to the Bible study.

     The Springfield News-Leader reports the district said Monday the Bible study

did not comply with a district policy that permits student-led initiatives only

for students in grades 9-12. The district’s statement says the Bible study is

suspended “as it is currently organized.”

     David Niose, legal director of the association, said the Bible study was

adult-led and unconstitutional. But he said the group is glad the school won’t

be promoting Christianity – or any religion – in a public school setting.


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