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Science Lesson Leads To Court Battle Over Church, State

Posted March 22, 2005 4:38 a.m. EST

— A teacher is coming under fire for using her religious views in public school.

A student at Sunnyside Elementary School in Cumberland County said her fifth-grade teacher said certain animals can camouflage themselves because of God, not evolution.

The student's parents believe the teacher violated the separation between church and state. They sued in federal court and won.

School officials agreed with the judge. They said the teacher ignored the curriculum.

School officials will not say whether they disciplined the teacher. They call it a personnel issue, which is not public record.