Family threatens suit after student told not to read Bible at school

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LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. —

A south Florida family said they want an apology after a fifth-grade teacher refused to let their son read a Bible in class.

The student said he was reading his Bible during free reading time last month at his school near Ft. Lauderdale.

He said when he refused to give up the book, the teacher called his father and told him that students are not allowed to read religious books in class, said Paul Rubeo, the student's father. 

School district officials released a statement on Monday saying that students are allowed to read religious material during free reading time, but not in the accelerated reading program, where the boy is a member.

The attorney for the family said they will sue if the district doesn't change that policy.