NH Mom Back Praying at School after Ban

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A New Hampshire mother has returned to praying at Concord High School after being banned a month ago.

The Concord Monitor reported Lizarda Urena, who has two children enrolled at the school, is praying silently outside the building.

"I'm so happy that I'm back, and I feel like I'm welcomed by the school," Urena said Tuesday.

But the school superintendent said the district has not made a final decision about whether she can keep praying on campus.

In 2011, she started praying on school grounds after several bullets were found in a school restroom. She petitioned God aloud as students entered the school every morning.

But this summer, school officials told her the prayers were not welcome after someone filed a complaint with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Alliance for Defending Freedom argued that Urena was exercising her First Amendment rights.

"Students and community members that are allowed to come on campus and participate in a neutral thing are allowed to express religious viewpoints," TheBlaze quoted ADF General Counsel Matthew Sharp.

"The students know it's the mother and her own speech - something that the First Amendment protects - and that it is not the school mandating this woman to do it," he said.

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