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Lawsuit Over School Prayer Is Tossed Out

August 30, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

LINCOLN, Neb. — A federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit against a Nebraska public school district and a school board member who led students in reciting the Lord's Prayer at a 2000 high school graduation.

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower federal judge who dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union suit contending that the Norfolk school district violated church-state separation.

The earlier ruling found no evidence that school officials knew what board member Jim Scheer would say beforehand and said his remarks were private, not made in his capacity as a school official.

School board members traditionally speak if they have a child graduating, and Scheer's son was in the class.

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