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UPDATE: Western NC Mom Upset About Bible From School

A North Carolina mother says her son's school is refusing books supportive of her pagan beliefs after last month offering Bibles.

Buncombe County school officials are not accepting donations that could be viewed as advocating a religion while attorneys review policies.

Ginger Strivelli says that's a change that blocks her from donating books affirming her pagan beliefs to her son's North Windy Ridge school in Weaverville. Strivelli says the school's principal had said she would handle all donated religious books in the same way as the donated Bibles made available to children who wanted them.

Strivelli says her fifth-grade son felt peer pressure to collect the Bible he brought home. She says if schools allow one religion a place in schools they should be open to all religions.



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A Buncombe County mother is unhappy that her fifth-grade son came home from his public school with a Bible.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Ginger Strivelli says her son came home from North Windy Ridge school in Weaverville on Monday with a Bible he got from a box left by the Gideons International group.

Strivelli is pagan and says she thinks it's inappropriate that any religious material would be available to students.

Buncombe County schools spokeswoman Jan Blunt says the school did nothing wrong. She says students were not required to take the Bibles. The students were only told a Bibles were available in the main office.

School principal Jackie Byerly says she'd treat any group's request to leave literature at the school the same way.


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