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Missouri school officials halt Gideons’ Bible giveaways

Officials in one Lincoln County school district say they will no longer allow Gideons International to distribute Bibles to students.

The decision from the Elsberry School District came this week after a parent called the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to complain about students returning home with Bibles. The Gideons had been allowed to make a presentation to fifth-graders and later passed out Bibles to students who asked for them.

The Ida Cannon Middle School principal later issued a statement saying the district, located north of St. Louis, would not allow such presentations.

“From this day forward, the Gideons will not be allowed to come into the school during the school day to speak with kids about their group,” Principal Kenny Youmans wrote. “The Gideons also are going to be prohibited from handing out religious materials to kids during the school day.”

Officials with the Gideons could not be reached for comment.

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