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Calif. teacher accused of handing out Bible cookies, offering extra credit for Bible verses

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Posted at 11:36 PM, Jan 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-11 23:39:24-05

MANTECA, Calif. — A California high school teacher is under investigation for promoting religion in a public school after he allegedly handed out “Bible cookies” and offered extra credit to students who copied Bible verses.

Religion allegedly mixed into a public classroom prompted a New Vision High School student to file a complaint with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State against teacher John Alameda.

“The teacher should stop this unlawful gospelization and pushing of religion on near vulnerable students,” said Alex Luchenister with the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. “All this conduct of the teacher is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

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The letter KXTL obtained  claimed that the Manteca teacher had been giving Bible cookies to students and that the teacher offered extra credit for copying Bible verses.

“Sometimes this kind of thing happens when school employees aren’t informed of the law,” Luchenister said.

The Manteca Unified School District released this statement:

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The teacher has not commented.