© 2021 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WVPB News

W.Va. School Removes Bible Verse from Gym, Shirts

PSouthWrestling_0.jpg
WTAP-TV
/

Wood County school officials have removed a Bible verse from Parkersburg South High School's gymnasium and the school wrestling team's website.

The team's use of Philippians 4:13 drew a complaint earlier this month from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The verse states, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Wood County Superintendent Pat Law says the verse has been removed from the team's website, which linked to the school's website.
 
The verse also was painted above the doors to the wrestling room in the gym and appeared on the team's T-shirts. Law says the verse in the gym was painted over yesterday.
 
The foundation's attorney, Patrick Elliott, says public schools can't endorse religion.
 


WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.