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(Neb.)-American Civil Liberties Union Sends Letter About Prayer, School Board To Consult Attorney

By: Associated Press Posted at: 11/14/2011 02:11 PM

     COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - The Lakeview school board will consult with its attorney about a complaint over prayers during its graduation ceremonies.
     The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sent a letter to the school district earlier this month that said the ceremonies violate students' First Amendment religious rights.
     Lakeview superintendent Russ Freeman said that the district will take up the issue with its attorney at Monday night's school board meeting. He declined further comment.
     The ACLU also complained about the ceremonies in 2001, so the district classified graduation as a parent-run event to allow for prayers.
     The ACLU's latest complaint says its review of district materials shows the ceremonies carry an overwhelming message that they are endorsed by the district.
 (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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