PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Is it separation of church and state or simply Christmas decorations? It's a question a bulletin board at one Region 8 school has people asking and a controversy that has news sources from all over the state calling.
There are several decorations that line the halls at Greene County Tech Primary School from Christmas trees to fire place settings. But one display in particular is causing quite a stir.
"We received a couple of phone calls threatening legal action," said GCT Superintendent Jerry Noble. He says it's in regards to a nativity scene bulletin board, with the words "happy birthday Jesus" across the bottom.
"The attorney's advice was to avoid that and take it down," said Noble. As instructed by the attorney for the district, administrators had the display removed.
"As a Christian myself, I'm thinking, I don't really want to do this. But as the Superintendent at Greene County, do I have the right to obligate the tax money to fight an issue that I personally believe we should fight," said Noble.
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