Student Not Allowed to Broadcast Book Report on Book of Acts

MOUNT WASHINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky middle school student whose book report was about the Bible's Book of Acts wasn't allowed to have his report broadcast during morning announcements as planned.

The Courier-Journal reports that Bullitt County Principal Denise Allen stopped the videotaped reports after learning Alex Thomas had chosen the Bible. Two of the reports by Mount Washington students had already aired.

Allen cited the separation of church and state and said some book choices might not be appropriate for younger students.

Tammy Thomas says her son's freedom of speech was violated and complained to school officials last week.

School board lawyer Eric Farris says allowing Alex to broadcast his report would be allowing school equipment to be used to persuade a captive audience about religion.

Thomas says she met with the principal and contacted the district's central office and the American Law and Justice Center.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Fleming on Apr 14, 2007 at 09:35 AM
    This is sad. I am on the student's side, at least the child was reading something decent, when instead he could have been out there reading about witchery, sex, homosexuality, satanism, and other questionable subjects. As a teacher myself, I would be delighted to hear of one of my students reading the Bible, whether or not I agree with their beliefs, they should have the right to read the Bible and do a book report on it, just because they do a book report on it does not mean that they are trying to persuade others to believe what they believe. We allow all other kinds of crap into our schools on a daily basis (we allow students to have sex during school hours, we promote so-called coming out of the closet, we promote having babies while still a child themselves) if all of these things are happening and being allowed and promoted in schools don't you think that is WHERE THE BIBLE NEEDS TO BE? Like someone elses comment said if the book report had been on witches, goblins, or on a different faith the school would have been perfectly fine, what is the different in letting a student do his book report on te Book of Acts in the Bible. School systems today are the PITS! It just keeps on going down hill every year, yet I feel that where I teach would allow this student to read his book report and not punish him for having faith and reading the ONLY GOOD BOOK (BIBLE) and believing in GOD. WE HAVE LIFE ONLY BECAUSE GOD GAVE US HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS. IT'S THE TRUTH, IT'S BIBLE!
  • by paul Location: lexington on Apr 12, 2007 at 06:27 AM
    just curious, how many people responding to this story were ever allowed to do a book report on the bible in a public school setting? why is this such a big surprise?
  • by Anonymous Location: Morgan on Apr 11, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    My stepson has asked how long it will be before the pledge of allegiance is changed. In particular, 'ONE NATION UNDER GOD' to 'ONE NATION UNDER CANADA AND ABOVE MEXICO'...sad, sad world we are living in.
  • by Ron Location: Charleston, WV on Apr 11, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    This is nothing less than liberal anti-Christian bias and censorship. If it had been on the Koran we would have never heard a peep from the school board or Principle Allen.
  • by David Location: Campbellsville, KY on Apr 11, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    There has been too much concern about the "establishment" clause: Totally forgetting "free exercise" clause of the First Amendment of our Constitution!
  • by Betty Location: Madisonville on Apr 11, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    Academically, the book of Acts would be much more difficult to analyse than many other choices. But also would parents object if a child did a report on the Koran, book on witchcraft, etc. If we allow one we must allow all.
  • by Heather Location: Owingsville on Apr 11, 2007 at 09:42 AM
    The adminstrators and lawyer for this school system are cowards. Did any of you consider this child's rights or were you more concerned about the publicity that this would bring????
  • by Angie Location: Stanford on Apr 11, 2007 at 08:13 AM
    This is the reason our school systems are having so many problems now. They are taking God out of school. The student made a good choice and should be allowed to have his report aired.
  • by Conley Location: Pike on Apr 11, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    This is what is wrong with our country now. They are taking GOD out of everthing. I think that the child should be able to give his report.
  • by Paul Location: Jackson , Oh on Apr 11, 2007 at 04:20 AM
    What a sad, sad, day in America . Common sence is no longer common.
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