JACKSON, Miss. – An atheist group says it objects to a Mississippi principal telling fifth-grade teachers to take students through a public school lobby where Gideons were handing out Bibles.

The American Humanist Association sent a letter of complaint Tuesday to Kara Killough, principal of Northwest Rankin Elementary School in Rankin County near Jackson.

The association says the school violated the First Amendment ban on government establishment of religion by making it easy for Gideons to hand out Bibles on campus last Friday.

A Northwest Rankin School District spokeswoman did not immediately return calls Tuesday.

The American Humanist Association sued the Rankin County School District in 2013 over religious assemblies at Northwest Rankin High School. The association says allowing Gideons to hand out Bibles violates the terms of the lawsuit settlement.