School Board rejects settlement in school prayer lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Wilson County School Board rejected a settlement in the case of parents who sued an elementary school over what they claimed was the promotion of Christianity.

According to court papers, a group called the Praying Parents met regularly at Lakewood Elementary School to pray for the school, teachers and students.

While their meetings were behind closed doors, the group gave fliers promoting its activities to students and gave at least one student a card saying the group had prayed for the student. There was also a link to the Praying Parents' Web site on the school's site.

The unidentified plaintiffs claim the only way to protect their child from Christian proselytizing at the school was to withdraw him from Lakewood and school him at home. They also have not sent a younger child to the school because of the same concerns.

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