Lawsuit over Ten Commandments monument at school reinstated

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Posted: Aug 09, 2016 6:22 PM

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A dispute over a Ten Commandments monument outside a Pennsylvania public school is heading back to federal court and may end up the topic of a trial.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Tuesday a federal appeals court ruled a woman has standing to sue the New Kensington-Arnold School District on claims the monument violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

A federal judge threw out the case last year, saying Marie Schaub and her daughter had minimal contact with the monument. The daughter wasn't enrolled in Valley Junior-Senior High when the case was filed.

The court ruling says people have standing if they can show "direct, unwelcome contact" even if that contact is infrequent.

The plaintiffs want the monument taken down.

The school district superintendent hasn't returned a message seeking comment.