Middle Tennessee school board to consider settlement in school prayer lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Wilson County School Board is deciding whether to accept a settlement in the case of parents who have sued an elementary school, saying it promoted Christianity.

According to court papers, a group called the Praying Parents met regularly at Lakewood Elementary School to pray for the school, teachers and students.

While their meetings were behind closed doors, the group gave fliers promoting its activities to students and gave at least one student a card saying the group had prayed for the student. There was also a link to the Praying Parents' Web site on the school's site.

The unidentified plaintiffs claim the only way to protect their child from Christian proselytizing at the school was to withdraw him from Lakewood and school him at home. They also have not sent a younger child to the school because of the same concerns.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Larry on Dec 12, 2007 at 07:52 PM
    "freedom of speech and expression." yeah like an atheist group would ever be allowed to do such a thing. "the school did not hand them out a non employee did." doesnt matter, This is a gathering place for children to LEARN, this type of stuff DOES NOT BELONG there. I would like to raise my child how I would like without you and people like you trying sneak your religion on them when im not around. I could only imagine the hissy fits you people would have if another religions "followers" were trying to STEAL your childs mind and make them believe something you know to be complete rubbish. Stay out of other peoples childrens lives, simple as that.
  • by BS Location: KTOWN on Dec 12, 2007 at 03:10 PM
    they are in it for the money. the courts need to start throwing out stupid law suits like this one. i can see suing if someone was hurt or somthing along that lines. all it hurts is the students who are there to learn. freedom of speech and expression. the school did not hand them out a non employee did. a student said they prayed for them and it is there right to pray for who they want and there right to tell them about it...freedom of speech. it makes no difference it was on goverment property...a park is goverment property and i can go there to pray or pass out flyers. it is time for the good people of the nation to take a stand against these type of sue happy people for the sake of the nation and our children future. it is imposible to make everyone happy all the time so majority rules.
  • by judy burnett Location: knoxville on Dec 11, 2007 at 08:18 PM
    this family is in it just for the money most parents these days are glad to have a prayer said for their child.prayingparents please say a prayer for my grand kids in school for their safety and that they will get a good education and for thie teachers.thanks
  • by me Location: Rockwood on Dec 11, 2007 at 08:02 PM
    Another perfect example of the American Dream: sue for the almighty dollar, thats all this is about How sad


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