Court to hear child's case over reading the Bible in school

Knoxville, TN (WVLT) - Today, a Federal Appeals Court in Cincinnati will hear arguments in the case of a Tennessee school student who claims he could not read and discuss Bible passages during recess.

The case was brought by Samuel and Tina Whitson on behalf of their son, Luke.

The parents say their child's rights were violated when he was told to stop.

A jury in Knoxville ruled in favor of Knox County Schools.

Local 8 News will keep an eye on the proceeding and bring you the decision as soon as it's handed down.


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  • by Sue Location: MN on Mar 1, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    Kids should have the freedom to read the book of their choice in school. After all, the Bible is the number one seller in the nation, and we desparately need God back in the schools as our nation was founded on. Praying you win this battle and that God does wonderous things through this.
  • by Tina on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    I feel that if students want to study the bible on recess they should be allowed to. Who is he hurting. We need god back in schools.
  • by sonny Location: Knox on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    The jury that ruled in favor of the Knox County Schools should be runed out of the county for they are not Ameriacans and don't beleive in GOD.
  • by ROXANE Location: RUTLEDGE on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    RECESS- A BREAK FROM THE USUAL ACTIVITY. A TIME TO COMPLETE AN ACTIVITY WHILE NOT DISTURBING OTHERS. SCHOOLS ARE SUSPENDING OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DREAMS, WHICH INCLUDES THE RIGHT OF OTHER CHILDREN TO CHOOSE TO LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSION OF BIBLE VERSES. CLEARLY, AFTER THE SHOOTING IN OHIO, WE NEED GOD IN OUR SCHOOLS
  • by Cathy Location: Sevierville on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:12 AM
    I hope the parents contacted the Christian Law Assoc. www.christianlaw.org. They provide free legal defense in cases like these. He has to right to read his Bible and the other kids could have walked away if they didn't want to hear what they were talking about.
  • by chuck Location: crossville on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    Anybody that says you can't read your Bible or pray in school is not an Ameriacan they are D-- Fools.

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