ROANOKE, Va. - A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit that sought to remove the Ten Commandments from the walls of a southwest Virginia high school.
U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit in his endorsement of the settlement, which detailed the substitution of Narrows High School's framed copy of the Ten Commandments with an enlarged image from a textbook that contains a drawing of stone tablets representing the commandments. School officials already have made the switch.
Giles County school officials last week formally adopted the agreement. At a hearing on the lawsuit in May, Urbanski questioned the School Board's defense of the display and ordered the case to mediation.
The agreement also stipulates that the student and parent who brought the lawsuit remain anonymous.
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