From EAG News:
WHEATLAND, Wyo. – A Wyoming superintendent recently admitted that a local high school principal made a mistake when he told a student she couldn’t pray over her lunch in the cafeteria.
Platte County School District #1 Superintendent Dennis Fischer lifted a ban on student prayer last Thursday after three students challenged Glendo High School principal Stanetta Twiford’s assertion they could not pray in the cafeteria.
The incident occurred Oct. 15, when a group of student formed a prayer circle and prayed out loud before their lunch. Twiford allegedly told one of the students afterwards that the group needs permission to pray, and could not pray in the cafeteria, the Daily Caller reports.
“… Twiford accosted one of the students and accused the student of forcing their religion on other students,” according to the news site. “The school argued the (other) students (in the cafeteria) were a captive audience being forced to witness the prayer. The father of two of the students appealed to the principal, who stood firm on the rule.”
That’s apparently when parents contacted the Alliance Defending Freedom, which sent a letter to the district Dec. 4 to set the record straight.
“School cafeterias are not religion-free zones, and they certainly do not involve captive audiences,” the ADF letter read. “Students in the cafeteria are not captive audiences because they can leave at any time or turn away from the quiet prayer in the corner …”
The letter prompted district officials to look closer at the issue, and…