Posted 3 years ago
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A small Nebraska school district will continue its tradition of a student-led prayer during graduation despite pressure from ACLU Nebraska to end the practice. The parent committee organizing next Sunday’s ceremony said that Lakeview High School’s graduating seniors have requested the prayer be included in the program. The ACLU sent a letter to the 685-student school district in November complaining the prayers at graduation ceremonies violated students’ First Amendment right to religious freedom. The Columbus-based district’s graduation ceremonies have been officially parent-run and voluntary since a 2001 ACLU complaint about the prayers. The district has tried to remedy the latest complaint by further separating the graduation ceremony from the school. ACLU Nebraska legal director Amy Miller said the changes aren’t enough.