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Bibles accidentally go home with students in Shoals public school

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By Nick Lough - bio | email

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - A group wants a Florence teacher to be punished after her students were given Bibles to take home.

In December, the teacher let students go home with stockings stuffed with toys and presents.

However, when the stockings were opened, Bibles were discovered inside, which made it a direct violation of federal law and the separation of church and state.

"She wasn't the one who brought the Bibles nor disseminated them, but she did know they were being put in the stocking.  That's where, she said, in hindsight, she should've said 'no I'm sorry we can't place those in the stocking'," said Florence School superintendent Kendy Behrends.

Behrends said a student is the one who actually brought the "gift" and although the incident happened in December, Florence City School Administrators didn't find out until they received a letter last Friday.

The letter was from group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation. In the letter, the group talks about the Christmas Bible incident, states it's a violation of the First Amendment, and asks for the teacher to be punished for her behavior.

Behrends wrote back to the group and apologized, but doesn't plan on suspending or firing the teacher.

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