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Area School Bans Sharing Bibles


HARRISBURG – Harrisburg-based Independence Law Center has sent a letter to the Mechanicsburg Area School District because of unconstitutional actions by a high school principal. Leaders of the Christians in Action Student Club requested to pass out Bibles to their friends during non-instructional time during the school day, but Principal David Harris refused to allow it. Independence Law Center Senior Counsel Jeremy Samek hopes the district will take steps to rectify the matter in order to avoid legal action. The Law Center has given a deadline of today for the district to notify them as to what they will be doing to remedy the unconstitutional act. Samek said this is not the first such action by the principal. Earlier, Mr. Harris denied the Bible Club’s request to post their club flyer advertising their meeting times despite granting requests from other school clubs to post their flyers. The principal told the club they would only be permitted to post the flyers if they agree to remove a Bible verse from the flyer. A school board meeting, which is open to the public, will be held  Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. at Elmwood Academy on 100 E. Elmwood Avenue in Mechanicsburg.