The American Civil Liberties Union came to the defense of a nine-year-old boy who was reportedly told he couldn’t read the Bible during an after-school program.


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Austin Grayson attends the Cannon County REACH program in Tennessee. It was there that Grayson was told to put his Bible away because he wasn’t allowed to read religious material. 

His mother, Lisa Koepfgen said her son recited the First Amendment back to the staff. They reportedly told Koepfgen that the policy stems from the fact that the program is funded by public money.

In Grayson’s defense, the ACLU argued that public school students cannot be denied the right to engage in religious activities during designated student activity times, recess or other free time.

Union officials said the letter was circulated among REACH staff members.

Koepfgen said, “I’m so thankful that the law has been clarified not only for REACH, but for everyone that this story has touched.”


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