Jury to decide if school system banned yoga for Christianity

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By: Associated Press
March 17, 2019

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- A jury will decide whether a school system's decision to ban a yoga class was done to promote Christianity.

U.S. Judge William Ray on Friday refused the Cobb County school system's request for summary judgment and said the case will go to trial.

Bonnie Cole, the former assistant principal at Bullard Elementary School, filed a lawsuit following her transfer from the school after parental complaints. During the 2014 school year, Cole introduced yoga-based breathing and stretching exercises to help students reduce stress.

Cole said the school system adopted the "religious perspective" of complaining parents who said the practices did not align with their Christian beliefs.

The school system said there was no religious motivation and the transfer was done because of the disruption at the school.