Student wins scholarship for dressing as Jesus on 'Fictional Character Day'

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) - An atheist group has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Spring Hill high school student who dressed up as Jesus Christ for Fictional Character Day.

A Freedom From Religion Foundation official said sophomore Jeff Shott contacted the group after he was asked by the principal to remove the costume because school officials felt it would be disruptive.

Shott also told the nonprofit that his science teacher told students that evolution was only a theory and that the origin of modern humans lies with Adam and Eve.

In a letter to the foundation, the Williamson County Schools acknowledged that religious proselytizing is not allowed in schools. The school refused to say whether any action had been taken, citing privacy rules.

The story was first reported in The Tennessean.

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