Complaint ends teacher prayer in Indiana district

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A western Indiana school district is telling teachers and other employees they can’t lead prayers during school-sponsored events.

The decision by the Vigo County School Corp. in Terre Haute follows a complaint made to the Freedom from Religion Foundation in May about a teacher leading a prayer to start a school awards banquet.

District superintendent Dan Tanoos tells the Tribune-Star that he’ll continue to allow student-led prayers at events. He says he has previously allowed the teacher-led prayers but has to live within the law.

Freedom from Religion Foundation attorney Sam Grover says the group sent a letter to the school district because it believes public school teachers must remain neutral toward religion while in their official capacity. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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