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Creationism in Brunswick County schools?

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County school board members want children to learn about creationsim, but is that allowed?

"I believe it's important for our students to have knowledge.  It's important to know about different theories, and it's important to know about science," said June Atkinson after touring Hoggard High School in Wilmington.

Atkinson says schools across the state are taking a new interest in teaching that God created human life.

"It's a trend that goes and comes.  Sometimes it's a big issue in pockets of North Carolina, and then years go by and it's not an issue," said Atkinson.

But, it is an issue right now in Brunswick County.  The school board is looking into teaching creationism and evolution side by side.

Shirley Babson said since evolution is required, adding creationism would balance things out and give students the opportunity to follow their own beliefs.

"What we'd like to do is expand it so that children who come from a background that believe that there's another way to create life, at least let them express that," said Babson.

Atkinson says the only way that can happen is if schools consider evolution science and creationism religion.

She also said schools that try to teach creationism as a science are opening themselves up to possible lawsuits.


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