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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  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    Free your mind, become an atheist.
  • by Thumper Location: RDU on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    I think that I would throw my child a party if he or she ever brought home a bible from school. Sad day when one must practice the teachings of the lord underground - The constitution has no bearing on this issue anymore, as the constitution no longer exists........Perhaps if we had more open religion in school, we would have less rapes, murders and armed robberies taking place? Hmm just a thought - God will judge accordingly - You all have been warned........ God bless and pray for you all !
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      by Truth on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM in reply to Thumper
      "must practice the teachings of the lord underground"...really? Churches are open every day and regularly have mass, often multiple days and times every week. There are whole TV channels devoted solely to Christianity and faith. I get flyers in the mail and people stopping by to preach the faith often. My facebook explodes with bible passages and stuff about god on a daily basis. Students can pray openly in school. The only thing disallowed is mandatory led prayer or specific promotion of a religion by staff. You think we'd have less murders, etc...with more religion? How come almost all criminals in jail identify as Christian?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to Thumper
      There was a time when Christanity ruled, where it was taught in society, in schools, openly and freely...those times were called the Dark Ages.
  • by Dae Location: Eastern NC on Jan 12, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    My question to Ms. Strivelli is.. if you consider yourself open minded, why can't you allow your child the same freedom you exercised by becoming pagan in allowing him to explore his own freedom of religion?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    The mother is justified. She wants a simple answer and I can't fault her for that. She simply seeks to understand why a school will allow religious material of one faith to be passed out, but not religious material of other faiths. I'd also like to see that question answered. I think at the very least the school should aplogize for the actions and their discrimination.
  • by Ashley Location: jacksonville on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:36 AM
    Even children can have faith in God. That's a part of free will my friends, you get to choose what you want and at a certain age they choose to study and decide for themselves. I think its disgusting that hell will break loose if my child prayed, read the Bible, and said the Pledge of Allegiance in school, but people can go wack-o at the fact that their own child picked up the book by choice.....YET somehow we are supposed to have a choice......hmmmmmmm
  • by beentheredonethat Location: coast on Jan 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
    I agree with Annon The child could have a different belief besides pagan The devil is strong but God is omnipotent
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      by Truth on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM in reply to beentheredonethat
      So, could he make a stone so heavy he couldn't lift it?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    I still cannot believe we live in a such a day and age where people think it's acceptable to pass out indoctrination material to children.
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      by Irony on Jan 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM in reply to
      Ya mean like in Sunday School? LOL
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        by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM in reply to Irony
        You can do as you please in a private institution, public not so much.
  • by saved by His grace Location: kenansville on Jan 9, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    Jesus loves you! And you can't change that!
  • by Annon Location: Grifton on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    I would be much more concerned if the kid brought home meth or crack. Bringing home a donated bible wouldn't offend me. You could use that as a learning resource to teach about diversity if you were pagan.
  • by WHO CARES on Jan 8, 2012 at 02:45 PM
    Here we go again, who cares, it was a judgement call, and the kid was the one that took the bible, no the mother, maybe her son has different views on religion and his mother has hers. Why is this news?

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