The principal of a Pennsylvania high school has banned students from passing out Bibles to their friends during lunch.

According to the Independence Law Center, students at Cumberland County High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, asked for permission to hand out Bibles to their friends in the cafeteria during non-instructional time in November, but were told no by the school’s principal.

The ILC, which specializes in religious liberty, sent a letter to the Mechanicsburg school district detailing its concerns about the school’s policy that nothing can be denied unless it’s protected speech, like pornography or obscenity.

"It’s important to them (the students) that the school district understands what their rights are and so all student’s rights can be protected," ILC senior counsel Jeremy Samek said.

The school district released a statement, saying it "respects the rights of student to express themselves and distribute materials and recognizes that exercise of that right must be limited by the District’s responsibility to maintain an orderly school environment and to protect the rights of all members of the school community."

The school district also said it would investigate the claims by the ILC and work with the students in accordance with the law and its policy.

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