Breathitt schools ordered to remove Ten Commandment displays

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - Many people believe the Ten Commandments have a place in the school system, but the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise in Kentucky.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Breathitt County school district a letter stating any display of the Ten Commandments must be removed.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation received a letter stating someone complained about multiple illegal Ten Commandment displays.

The letter says the displays were in many rooms at the high school, middle school and some elementary schools.

The letter claims the Ten Commandments were hanging for many years.

School officials took down the displays this week.

Mary Campbell used to have her own Ten Commandment display in the window of her restaurant. She said she believes schools should also be allowed to show them.

"I am totally against it. I think that we need the Ten Commandments in the schools. I think all kids should learn it. It is everybody's choice what they believe," said Campbell.

Kentucky Board of Education officials also released this statement:

"The display of religious materials, such as a painting of a religious figure or a copy of the Ten Commandments, in a public school violates the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on the establishment or endorsement of religion by a public agency. A school or district that displays copies of the Ten Commandments without the inclusion of other historical documents and not as part of a historical/comparative display is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. See the U.S. Supreme Court's holding on this issue in Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39, 101 S.Ct. 192 (1980). The Kentucky Department of Education's focus in Breathitt County is on student achievement and college and career readiness and using its resources to support those efforts."

School officials say they are complying with the request.

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