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Muldrow Board Approves Removal of 10 Commandments

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MULDROW, Okla. (AP) — The Muldrow School Board has approved the removal of Ten Commandments plaques that were displayed in each classroom in the eastern Oklahoma high school.

The Southwest Times Record reports hundreds of people attended a school board meeting Monday to protest the removal. School Board President Scott Chambers says the board removed the plaques to avoid spending taxpayer money on lawsuits.

An attorney representing the school, Jerry Richardson, says the district received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatening a lawsuit if the plaques were not removed. Richardson says an unnamed student complained to the organization about the plaques that are posted in every classroom at Muldrow's high school.

The foundation says it's hopeful the district will "honor thy constitution" and keep the plaques out of the classroom.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.