By Corky Siemaszko
The chill set in not long after word got out that Elizabeth Deal’s little girl was not taking the Bible class at her West Virginia public grammar school.
Her daughter, Jessica Roe, then a first-grader, felt it first.
When her teacher and the pastor who ran that class realized they didn’t have a permission slip for Jessica Roe to attend, they placed her and another girl who wasn’t enrolled in the county’s Bible in the Schools program in a coat closet and gave them iPads “to amuse themselves” during the 30-minute class, Deal said.
In the days and weeks that followed, Jessica Roe brought books from home when she was dispatched to the library or computer lab to sit, mostly by herself, while her classmates were in the Bible program, her mother said.
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