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Group threatens suit over Ill. district’s prayer

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 11:36 p.m. CST

NORRIS CITY – A southern Illinois school district is weighing its options after an activist group has threatened to sue if prayers offered at graduation ceremonies aren’t halted.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reported that the American Humanist Association’s legal arm has sent letters warning of the potential lawsuit to Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School administrators.

The group insists that by including prayers during the high school’s graduation ceremony, the district unconstitutionally coerces students to participate in a religious activity.

The high school’s principal, Matt Vollmann, said the student-led prayer long has been part of the ceremony, and that he’s never fielded any local complaint.

Vollmann said the district is probing the validity of the aggrieved group’s claims.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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