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Mississippi school tells teachers to remove religious items

March 23, 2019

SALTILLO, Miss. (AP) — Officials in a northeast Mississippi school district are telling teachers to remove crosses, scripture and other religious items after a complaint.

Lee County school district attorney Gary Carnathan tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that teachers at Saltillo (sahl-TIL’-oh) Elementary School were told to remove the items this week from classrooms and hallways. He says district leaders ordered the items taken down to avoid a lawsuit after someone filed a complaint.

Some teachers expressed frustration on social media about the order, with one posting a picture of small crosses, religious sayings, angel figurines and other knickknacks she says she was ordered to remove. The teacher didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Carnathan says the district hasn’t previously received similar complaints.

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