WY school gets refresher course on First Amendment

Friday, January 8, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

SYATP See You At the Pole students prayingA public school district in Wyoming made a wise choice by dropping a ban on students praying, says an attorney.

Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to Glendo High School last December, explaining that it's legal for students to pray over their meals, after the school principal confronted students.

ADF attorney Jonathan Scruggs says the school principal, Stanetta Twiford, made the mistake of going to an ACLU website for legal advice.

Scruggs

"The law is so clear," Scruggs says. "And the Supreme Court has spoken so clearly, there can be no doubt that the First Amendment protects the rights of students to pray."

Glendo High is located in the Platte County School District.

The high school never "banned" prayers but was dealing with a "lack of information" about the subject, the school district's superintendent, Dennis Fischer, told Wyoming Public Radio in December.

"I believe that people err on the side of keeping church and state separate too much—being too cautious regarding this," the superintendent said. 

Fischer acknowledged the letter from ADF and said school officials now know about the Equal Access Act. 

Scruggs says ACLU's argument is that other students observing the prayers would constitute a "captive audience," which he calls a bogus legal argument.

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