Families Sue Over Religion in Classroom

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Vermont school district over a teacher who allegedly proselytized in the classroom and retaliated against students who complained.

Two families claim Irasburg Village School teacher Wally Rogers added overtly Christian books to a reading program and created incentives for students to read them.

They say Rogers posted the Ten Commandments on the wall, distributed religious materials and directed students to his Web
page, which contained information on creationism.

After complaints, the parents say, Rogers retaliated by singling students out and encouraging others to belittle them.

Pietro Lynn, a lawyer representing the supervisory union, said he could not talk about the details of the case. But he said, "The school acted appropriately in all respects."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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