Wayland, Michigan-AP -- The school board in Wayland, Michigan, has told The Gideons International to stop the annual practice of giving free Bibles to fifth-graders. The Wayland Union Schools superintendent initially planned to allow the distribution to students whose parents gave written permission. But he reversed course and asked the Gideons to cancel the Bible giveaway after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit. Local members of the Gideons expressed disappointment, and said they're unsure if they'll seek other ways to give Bibles to youngsters. Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.