Missouri school district settles prayer complaint

Friday, June 13, 2014 | 9:51 a.m. CDT; updated 9:11 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 14, 2014

FAYETTE — A mid-Missouri high school has been ordered to restrict some of its employees' religious activities at school as part of a settlement of a complaint concerning school prayers.

The decree settles a federal court complaint filed in November against the Fayette school district, alleging the school violated the Constitution by announcing weekly prayer meeting over the intercom and allowing a Christian group to meet before school, when other clubs could not.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Humanist Association, a student, the student's mother and a former Fayette student.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the consent decree, issued last month, prohibits faculty sponsors from actively participating in prayer or religious activity during student meetings, and prohibits employees from placing religious items where students are likely to see them.

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