School will refrain from leading prayers (June 12, 2015)

Mifflinburg Area School District Superintendent Daniel Lichtel has instructed administrators for the district in Union County, Pa., to no longer schedule prayers at school functions and directed staff to refrain from leading prayers.

Lichtel’s directions to staff came after Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler wrote the district June 12 about a report that a teacher gave a scheduled Christian prayer at a school-sponsored banquet: “An objective observer attending this event would almost certainly perceive such a prayer given by a teacher in full view of his superintendent as tacit district endorsement of religion in general, and Christianity in particular.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation