Webber Principal Sandra Bickel said the school was given a week's notice that the representatives would be coming and informed the students that the men would be present.
"We asked them to be polite and respectful to the Gideons men who had the right to be on the public sidewalk," Bickel
"We also told students it was their right to take a New Testament or not."
While Gideons representatives do have a legal right to be on the sidewalk, Bickel
said the men allegedly violated their training protocols by taking photographs of students and putting Bibles into the bicycle basket of one student who said she
did not want one.
Three Webber staff members, including Assistant Principal Luis Camas, were on duty during the distribution and stopped the men from taking pictures, Bickel said.
contacted the men responsible for testament distribution in Fort Collins when she
was informed of the protocol violations.
"Both were very apologetic that their training protocols had been violated," Bickel
"We want to be respectful of their right to distribute the New Testaments, but we also want them to be respectful of our young students, many of whom have been taught to avoid strangers and not take items from strangers."
In order to avoid future controversy, Bickel
said the school and representatives from Gideons International will have a meeting before next year's distribution to discuss proper protocol when approaching students.