Group sues school district over Ten Commandments monument
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A Wisconsin-based foundation sued the New Kensington-Arnold School District Friday, seeking the removal of a 6-foot-tall monument featuring the Ten Commandments that stands before Valley High School.
The complaint in U.S. District Court was filed by Downtown attorney Marcus B. Schneider on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Arnold resident Marie Schaub, her child and another unnamed parent and their child.
It said that in March, the foundation asked the district to remove the monument because it violates the constitutional clause barring the establishment of a state religion. It said a response came by way of a Facebook post by school board President Robert M. Pallone, who wrote that the district was "under attack from an outside group from the state of Wisconsin" and that it "will not remove this monument without a fight!"
The complaint said the display "coerces students to suppress their personal religious and non-religious beliefs" and demands its removal, "nominal damages" and attorney fees.
First Published September 16, 2012 12:00 am