September 25, 2006
Prayer in School? Millions of Students
Will Pray at "See You At The Pole" Gatherings
FL - Wednesday, September 27, is the official day for the 17th
annual "See You At The Pole"
prayer rallies. The rallies are student-initiated, student-led
events where students gather before school to pray for their classmates,
teachers, schools, families, communities, states and nations.
Each year approximately three million students from all fifty
states and more than twenty countries gathered around school flagpoles
to pray. Students in the United States have often met with resistance
from school officials who are not educated about constitutional
rights. Liberty Counsel has defended the right of students to
participate in SYATP events in the past and is available to assist
students who encounter problems with school officials regarding
week is also the ninth annual "Scriptures in Schools Week" (SIS),
a week when students bring their Bibles to share and to encourage
Bible reading during free time at school throughout the year.
officials across the country should be aware that students have
a constitutional right to participate in SYATP and SIS on public
school campuses and may not discourage these events. The United
States Department of Education's "Guidelines on Religious Expression
in Public Schools" recognize that students have the right to participate
in SYATP as a protected act of religious expression.
Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, commented, "It
is beyond question that public school students have a First Amendment
right to participate in 'See You At The Pole'. The Supreme Court
has unequivocally stated that students have a First Amendment
right to pray before, during or after the school day." Staver
concluded, "School officials have an affirmative duty to educate
themselves regarding the First Amendment rights of students, rather
than acting out of bigotry, religious bias or ignorance of the
law. If students encounter resistance from school officials about
'See You At The Pole', they should contact Liberty Counsel immediately."
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