The Sumner County Board of Education will change some of its policies in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee accusing the district of promoting Christianity.
The lawsuit, filed May 3 in U.S. District Court on behalf of nine anonymous students from four families, alleges the district has a widespread, unconstitutional pattern and practice of religious activities in schools.
The board on July 11 approved changes to three policies directly dealing with allegations that the district allowed Bibles to be distributed at Indian Lake and Madison Creek Elementary schools; a youth minister from Long Hollow Baptist Church was allowed to proselytize to students at T.W. Hunter Middle School during lunch; and that teachers at T.W. Hunter Middle School led students in prayer during club meetings.