West Virginia mother files appeal in case over Bible class
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A mother has filed an appeal to a judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit over a previously taught Bible class in a West Virginia school district.
News outlets report Elizabeth Deal filed a notice to appeal Thursday after Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Faber dismissed the case in November.
On behalf of their children, Deal, another woman, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, filed the lawsuit in January. They said that Mercer County’s Bible in the Schools program was a violation of the First Amendment and the state constitution.
Faber has said there was no potential for students to suffer direct harm from future Bible classes because the board of education voted to remove Bible classes from elementary and middle schools and ended the employment of Bible class teachers.