Families Sue School System For Posting Ten Commandments

6:17 PM, Feb 16, 2011   |    comments
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GILES COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Two Giles County families have come forward to pursue legal action against the Giles County School system for the posting of the Ten Commandments in its schools.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, confirmed the Wisconsin-based group is planning to go forward with legal action.

She said the lawsuit would likely be filed through the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Freedom from Religion Foundation's attorney would act as co-counsel.

However, Gaylor said nothing has been filed yet and the language is being perfected.

The group and the ACLU plan to seek a protective order to keep the families' names confidential.

Gaylor said the families have students in Giles County Schools and came forward in the last few weeks.

She said the school system would have "no prayer with this challenge."

At the end of last year, the Commandments came down from all school walls when the Foundation sent a letter stating it was unconstitutional.

Last month, the school board reversed the decision, and hung them back up.

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