A complaint made by American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on behalf of three Sumner County families accuses the county school board of promoting Christianity in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The parents of seven students who attend Beech High School, T.W. Hunter, Indian Lake Elementary and Madison Creek Elementary brought the complaint, alleging the school system has shown a pattern of endorsing religion since at least 2006.

The complaint cites several examples of the school system promoting Christianity, including the distribution of Bibles in at least two schools; a teacher who displayed a cross on a classroom wall; sectarian prayers over school loudspeakers and at school events; and holding graduation ceremonies for three high schools at Long Hollow Baptist Church.

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