Jonesboro school district faces school-prayer dilemma - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jonesboro school district faces school-prayer dilemma

School officials agree that student-led prayers at Jonesboro High School's commencement ceremony last spring apparently violated the principle of separation of church and state. But the district wants some guidance on what they should do to follow the law.

Two Christian prayers were offered at the May ceremony, including one that asked the audience to "accept Jesus Christ." The following month, the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sent a complaint letter to the district. Since then, school officials have reviewed their policies, but the A.C.L.U. sent letters this month to parents of students at the school, asking them to sue the Jonesboro School District.

 Superintendent Steve Singleton acknowledged that the prayers violated "established constitutional precedents." He says the school district has been trying to get a clearer idea of how to accommodate everyone's rights. Singleton has asked an assistant superintendent for curriculum to select a diverse committee from the community to examine the issue.



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