Students Hold to Prayer Tradition Despite Pressure

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Students in a small, Nebraska school system will continue their tradition of student-led prayer during graduation next Sunday.

This decision comes despite pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union for the Columbus Public Schools district to end the practice.

The district's graduations have been voluntary and parent-run since the ACLU first complained about the prayers in 2001.

The parent committee organizing the ceremony said graduating seniors requested the prayer be included in the program.

The ACLU would like to see the district remove religious activity from the graduation and incorporate them into the baccalaureate, which is held the night before.

The Columbus Public Schools system is in a Nebraska community of about 25,000 people.

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