Board Members Question Omission of Prayer at Graduation


When members of the Mansfield School Board met on Monday night, May 20, they commented on the omission of prayer from the graduation ceremony held the Friday night before.

“Why was there no prayer,” questioned Board President Rick Nicodemus. “Our lawyer told us that we cannot include prayer in the program,” responded Superintendent Robert Ross.

Following last year’s graduation, the group Freedom From Religion threated a lawsuit against the school if they did not drop the practice.

Board members and administrators discussed student lead prayer and resuming baccalaureate services.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

3 Replies to “Board Members Question Omission of Prayer at Graduation”

  1. Jack Jamed says:

    Never va e in on the causes of Christ. Please tell me the name of the lawyer who has threatened. I want to make certain he’s not mine.

  2. Tonya says:

    God is worthy of praise. Stand up! Who is the lawyer?

  3. Jamie Leon speaks says:

    We must keep the faith and not forget who we believe in and not let the worrys and toils of this life bring on us any doubt that the war has already been won even to the point of our physical death we should never give in to the plot of someone who truly has no power over so many promises given to us the true believers and protectors of what is sacred it isn’t about our knowledge or ability or what we stand to gain we have already gained eternity and a life with no more pain no more sorrow and no more strife stand together for what is and is to come to defeat what has already been defeated and has been fore told by the profits of old

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