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    Court Rules On Prayer Policy

    School prayer policy upheld (FULL STORY)

    Appeals court backs graduation messages
    Thursday, March 16, 2000

    By Laura Diamond (Times-Union staff writer)
    Prayer may continue to be a part of Duval County high school graduation ceremonies under a ruling made yesterday by a federal appeals court.

    In a 10-2 vote, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the School Board policy of allowing graduation messages, which may include prayer, at commencement does not violate the separation of church and state.

    An attorney for the families that sued the school system said they will continue to challenge the policy. The next legal step for the families would be an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Pagan Student Must Hide Pentagram

    Pagan Student Ordered To Keep Pentagram Covered Up In School (FULL STORY)

    Wednesday, March 15, 2000
    HAMMOND (AP)--A high school student who follows a pagan religion says school officials infringed on her religious freedom by ordering her to cover up two pentagrams she wore to school.

    Freshman Irma Patton was sent home Friday from Clark High School for repeatedly refusing to remove or place tape over her pentagram ring and button. School officials insist pentagrams are gang symbols.

    Possible Removal of Religious Documents From School

    Religious documents may go(FULL STORY)

    Altoona School Board suspends displaying documents.
    Tuesday, March 14, 2000

    ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) So much for letting the Ten Commandments share space in school display cases with selections from the Wiccan faith, gay rights history and atheism.

    The Altoona School Board voted unanimously Monday to suspend its Project Character Building Committee from considering historical or religious documents for display in school libraries because submissions already approved had become too controversial.

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