Mercer Co. mom appeals dismissal of case attempting to throw out Bible classes at school

MERCER CO., WV (WOAY) – The debate over whether to teach Bible as an elective in Mercer County schools may not be over.

The mother of a student has filed an appeal against a federal judge’s dismissal of the case, according to a Charleston newspaper.

Elizabeth Deal, a anonymous woman known as ‘Jane Doe,’ and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, filed the suit on behalf of their children, saying Mercer County’s Bible in the Schools program (BITS) violated the First Amendment and West Virginia’s Constitution.

Deal says when she chose for her daughter to opt out of Bible classes at Memorial Primary school, the girl wasn’t being taught anything while the other students were in the class.

Then during the 2015-16 school year, Deal says her daughter was harassed when she didn’t attend Bible classes at Bluefield Intermediate School.  The mom claims students would tell her daughter that she and her mom were going to Hell.


 Deal’s daughter now goes to school in a “neighboring school district,” according to the complaint.
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