CINCINNATI (AP) -- A federal appeals court is weighing whether a Knoxville student should have been allowed to read and discuss Bible passages during recess.
A three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday took up the case brought by Samuel and Tina Whitson, who sued Knox County Schools in 2008. The couple claims that Karns Elementary School Principal Cathy Summa infringed on the rights of Luke Whitson by telling him he could no longer hold Bible study on the playground.
School officials argued that policy banned adult-led Bible classes during school hours but allowed students to study the Bible on their own.
A federal jury in Knoxville ruled in favor of the school district in 2009. The court took the case on the briefs.