School bans prayer: ‘This just sucks’, says pupil
THE SUPERINTENDENT of a high school in the town of Pima, Arizona, is at the centre of a controversy after deciding that that there will be no opening or closing prayers at this year graduation later in May.
Sean Rickert, pictured left, who made the decision explained:
This is a step I take as an administrator to increase the district’s compliance with the law.
He elaborated, saying that Pima High could potentially be sued by allowing prayer at a graduation ceremony but added:
Avoiding a lawsuit is not what is driving this. Our primary reason is to make sure we are not violating student’s rights.
But one student, Calleigh Summers, was:
Kind of upset because our class voted for prayer.
She added that the superintendent’s decision “sucked”.
It does not really make sense to me because we as a class wanted it, so I don’t see how it’s illegal for us to want a prayer.
Many parents are confused by the decision since they say prayers have been a tradition at Pima high graduations for decades.
Said Al Summers:
There’s been no one come forward and say I don’t want a prayer, in fact, it’s stirred up the opposite reaction it’s caused the community to be very close now.
There will be a school board meeting on Thursday night in Pima and the the board could override the superintendent’s decision. If that happens he said he doesn’t know what the next step would be.