Families sue over religion in classroom

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Two couples from Irasburg who say their children’s teacher preached in the classroom and retaliated against students who complained are suing the school district.

In a lawsuit filed Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union, they said Irasburg Village School teacher Wally Rogers added overtly Christian books to a reading program and created incentives for students to read them.

They say Rogers posted the Ten Commandments on the wall, distributed religious materials and directed students to his Web page, which contained information on creationism.

After complaints, the parents say, Rogers retaliated by singling students out and encouraging others to belittle them.

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