Bible verse on HS team's shirts questioned

PARKSBURG, W.Va. - School officials in Wood County, W. Va., have asked their lawyers to review a wrestling team's T-shirts with a Bible verse on them.

Superintendent Pat Law says the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation complained about the Parkersburg South High School team's T-shirts, which have the words, "I can do all things through Him that strengthens me" on the back.

Law says the group's complaint alleges that the shirts violate the separation of church and state.

Law says school officials don't want to infringe on anyone's right to practice their religion. But he says courts repeatedly have said public institutions such as schools can't promote a religion.

Attorney Bill Merriman represents one of the wrestlers and his parents. He says the wrestlers' parents bought the T-shirts.

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