South Dakota teacher returns to after-school Bible study

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2004

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Third-grade teacher Barbara Wigg was back leading a weekly religious club last week after a federal appeals court upheld her right to do so.

Wigg sued the Sioux Falls School District last year after she was told she couldn't help the Child Evangelism Fellowship's local Good News Club, which meets at her elementary school after classes.

''What a privilege to be here,'' Wigg said after the hourlong session of stories, games and prayers.

A panel from the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that barring Wigg's participation violated her First Amendment religious rights. The school board wants the full appeals court to review the case, and could take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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