The New American website reports today (December 28, 2011) that a mother in North Carolina complained to her local school district after her son came home with a New Testament, telling her that he got it for free at the school.
Ginger Strivelli -- who considers herself a "pagan" -- was upset that her son's school, North Windy Ridge in Weaverville, appeared to be distributing New Testaments. What made her even more upset was that school officials "were not apologetic" about the New Testament handout.
Jackie Byerly -- the school's principal -- insisted that there was nothing amiss in making copies of Scripture available to students.
But Katy Parker -- legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) North Carolina franchise -- said that a 1998 federal court decision ruled that religious literature could not be left in elementary school for students to take by choice. Parker said she planned to visit the district to set school officials right on the handout rules.