A 10-year-old school-yard preacher who said he'd rather "get gold and silver up in heaven than an education down here" was suspended a fourth time Friday after refusing to stop proselytizing and go to class.
Duffey Strode, wearing a black jacket and carrying a zippered case apparently containing a Bible, spent 20 minutes on the grounds of Eastfield Elementary School quoting Scripture and hurling biblical epithets in a steady rain before Assistant Principal Shirley Ramsey handed out the suspension.
Duffey's younger siblings, Matthew, 5, and Pepper, 6, also have been suspended for defying school officials earlier this month in this western North Carolina town. Their mother, Robin Stode, said they also will likely be suspended again when they return to school May 19.
Mrs. Strode predicted the dispute would wind up in litigation.