ACLU sues over religious rally at SC middle school

FLORENCE, SC (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union has sued in federal court alleging that public schools in Chesterfield County in South Carolina are unconstitutionally promoting Christianity.

The suit filed Monday stems from a rally earlier this school year at New Heights Middle School that featured a Christian rapper and a youth evangelist.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Florence was brought on behalf of a father who has a son at the school. The family does not subscribe to any specific religious beliefs and the son said he is uncomfortable because he is routinely subjected to religious messages at school.

The suit names the district, the school board, the district superintendent and the middle school principal.

A district spokesman said Monday afternoon that school officials were not aware of the lawsuit.

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