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Leader says Mississippi law requires religious item removal

March 27, 2019

SALTILLO, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi school superintendent says the district is not limiting free expression despite a recent order to remove crosses, scripture and other religious items after a complaint.

Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that while the school cannot display Bible verses or religious items on the walls, teachers and students can wear clothes or jewelry expressing religious beliefs. Weeks says items on teachers’ desks may be displayed in areas not facing students.

He says a public institution cannot express religious beliefs.

Following a complaint made by the Freedom from Religion Foundation shortly before spring break, religious personal items and décor were removed from Saltillo (sahl-TIL’-oh) Elementary School. Some teachers expressed frustration on social media about the order.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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