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Sharing Bibles Comes Before Mechanicsburg School Board


MECHANICSBURG Attorneys with the Harrisburg-based Independence Law Center attended Tuesday evening’s Mechanicsburg Area School District board meeting to address the district’s unconstitutional actions against members of the school’s Christians in Action Student Club. The club requested to pass out Bibles to their friends during non-instructional time during the school day, but the principal, David Harris, refused to allow it. The Law Center hoped the district would take steps to rectify the matter in order to avoid legal action and gave the district a deadline of Monday to notify them as to what the district will be doing to remedy the unconstitutional act. A Bible Club student spoke at the meeting saying “the reason we are here is because we believe the school administration is unconstitutionally suppressing our freedom of expression and our right to share our faith.” District officials say students are permitted to bring, read, share, and discuss the Bible at school; however, the district says the Bible Club never submitted a formal request to hand out Bibles. The Law Center says that’s not true. They say the Bible Club formally requested permission and Principal Harris wrote a response, but never turned over his email to the school during their investigation. Persons on both sides of the issue spoke at the meeting. No actions on the matter were taken.