School In Platte Co. Tries to Preserve Prayer at Graduation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A northeast Nebraska school district is trying to preserve prayer at its graduation ceremonies despite the ACLU's concerns.

The Lakeview school board voted Monday to revise the terms of
its facilities use policy as part of an effort to protect itself
from a potential lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of

The ACLU sent a letter to the school district in November
complaining the prayers in the ceremonies violate student's First
Amendment religious rights.

The district's graduation ceremonies have been officially
parent-run since a 2001 complaint about the prayers.

The moves the board made this week are designed to further separate the district from its own graduation ceremony, so the district won't be sued for forcing students to attend a religious ceremony.

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