A school superintendent says some students at the district's middle school brought Bibles to classes to show support for a teacher who refuses to remove his Bible from the view of students.

Mount Vernon Superintendent Stephen Short says Friday's action hasn't caused any major disruption.

Teacher John Freshwater says forcing him to keep his Bible out of sight infringes on his rights.

Some students at the central Ohio school also wore homemade T-shirts with crosses and the message, "I support Fresh H20."

School officials say they are required by the U.S. Constitution not to promote or favor any set of religious beliefs.

Short says he hopes the issue can be resolved amicably.