A bench dedicated to a Virginia teen who died last year is under fire because it contains a Bible verse.
The memorial is inscribed with his name, birthdate and death date, along with the Bible verse “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13.”
But now the Charlotte County School Board said the memorial is not compliant with the law.
“The community of Charlotte County is a very sweet and loving community and they do frequently request to give memorials,” school superintendent Nancy Leonard said.
The school worked with attorneys on how to handle student memorials, according to WSET.
“During that work, we found that the memorial bench that we currently have is not legally compliant because of the establishment clause because of the Bible verse,” Leonard said.
The memorial was placed last year during a ceremony to honor Osborne, and the school has received no complaints about the verse, but it said it has to follow the law.
“We have to remove the bench, or cover the scripture or change that verse to something else that may represent the child,” Leonard said.
The school said it will pay for the changes and is working with the family to determine another quote to replace the Bible verse with.
A petition on Change.org to save the bench has gained more than 1,200 signatures.
Social media was outraged.
I have no words.. there is nothing wrong with Colton’s bench.. there’s nothing wrong with a bible verse.. this is ridiculous!
— kris? (@kristennndawnnn) September 29, 2017
Keep the bible-thumping nutters OFF the bench! Senators Challenge Judicial Nominee Who Claims Bible Precedes… https://t.co/soU1ET1PMq
— Tammy Richard (@Tammy_Richard) September 10, 2017
Wow, Joe Stalin is smiling DOWN THERE with a big old woody as a memorial bench to a dead teen is removed due to a Bible verse. BOLSHEVIKS.
— Michael James Riles (@mrboomerman66) September 29, 2017
@realDonaldTrump just the saddest ever for someone to have to remove a bench where their child was killed b/c of a BiBle verse on the bench
— gayla maxwell (@gamgamhm) September 29, 2017
Now D atheist want 2 remove a park bench with a bible verse, N remembrance of someone who died.BS your haters & maggots with no respect.
— Robert Buckingham (@RobertBucking20) September 29, 2017
— ChristinaCURELewis (@ISF_PA) September 29, 2017
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