A school board in North Carolina has voted unanimously to ban prayer at all student events.
Although members of the board admit that they were reluctant to vote against the student-led invocations, they stated that they felt the Constitution required them to do so.
“We don’t like all the laws — no one does, but we are compelled to uphold that law,” stated Superintendent Eddie Ingram.
The ban follows a complaint that was lodged against Franklinton High School after it permitted a prayer at an awards ceremony that ended in “in Jesus’ name, Amen.” Parents of the offended student contacted the ACLU of North Carolina, who wrote a letter to the school, stating that it was violating the Separation of Church and State.
“They just wanted to be able to attend their commencement without feeling like an outcast,” stated Chris Brook of the ACLU.
However, not everyone is happy about the ban. Parents who are supportive of student-led prayer at school events will be gathering in front of the Franklin County courthouse for prayer the night before graduation in a public display against the decision.