Cumberland schools mull Ten Commandments request

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Cumberland County Board of Education is preparing to take up a proposal to display the Ten Commandments in its schools.

The Crossville Chronicle reports that resident Star Stone says the proposal is all the more relevant in light of last month's school shooting in Connecticut that left 26 people dead.

The state Legislature last year enacted a law to allow public buildings to display the Ten Commandments alongside other "historically significant documents" like the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence.

The law refers specifically to public buildings and grounds, but not to schools.

Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle says that while each of the county's schools has a "Freedom Wall" showing historical documents, they don't currently include the Ten Commandments.


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