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School bans Ten Commandments from classrooms

One Oklahoma school district has decided to remove plaques of the Ten Commandments from classrooms in response to a student complaint.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor May 15, 2013 7:08PM

After one student blew the whistle, an Oklahoma school district decided to permanently take down the Ten Commandments in all its classrooms.

The student, Gage Pulliam, reached out to the Freedom from Religion Foundation for support in getting the plaques removed from the school.

“I just want people to know I’m not attacking Christianity,” Pulliam told 4029tv.com. “I’m just trying to make everything equal for everyone.”

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School administrators did not fight the complaint, reportedly in fear of facing a lawsuit.

“There’s no point in continuing to fight a losing battle,” Jerry Richardson, the school district’s attorney, told 4029tv.com. “In these types of situations, schools districts get sued and lose. They end up not only having to pay their lawyers, but the other side’s lawyers, as well.”

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The decision to pull down the Ten Commandment flags was made during a standing room-only Monday school board meeting.

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“We hate the decision that they’ve had to make, but we support them in the decision,” said Pastor Shawn Money, reports 4029tv.com. "We pray that there is an alternative and that someday those Commandments will go back up on the wall.”

Read the entire story here and a copy of the letter sent from the Freedom from Religion Foundation here.

Tell us: Do you think the school district did the right thing?

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