Va. School District Reposts Ten Commandments

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A southwest Virginia school district has reposted copies of the Bible's Ten Commandments in all county schools, despite concerns that doing so is unconstitutional.

The Roanoke Times reported that the school district rehung the commandments Friday.

The commandments were up on the walls in Giles County for at least a decade next to framed copies of the U.S. Constitution. But one resident complained, claiming the commandments display violated the Constitution so school officials took them down.

Then several parents and pastors, supported by numerous citizens, told the school board it had a moral obligation to reinforce God's teachings.

The five-member Giles County School Board voted unanimously to put the framed, 4-foot-tall, biblical texts back up.

"The board, after hearing comments from some members in our community, they felt it was the right thing to do," said Superintendent Terry Arbogast, who noted that school officials didn't anticipate the public outcry.

Arbogast said the district will wait to see if a lawsuit is filed.

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