Local Superintendent Takes Heat For Prayer In School

SANDY CREEK TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A superintendent is taking heat from the ACLU.

Frank McClard, superintendent in the Lakeview School District, is accused of mandating prayer in his district.

The ACLU sent a letter to McClard back in August, saying it had received complaints that McClard was encouraging prayer during mandatory in-service days for teachers at the Lakeview School District.

McClard also reportedly started a prayer group called “Apple Chapel” that met before the school day and posted religious messages in a blog on the district’s website.

In its letter, an attorney with the ACLU said: “These actions convey the message to students and district employees that the district endorses religion, particularly Christianity, and have the effect of coercing school district employees to participate in religious exercise.”

However, one pastor who participates in the daily prayer group says the superintendent does not require anyone to be there.

“Before class begins and before school hours, there’s prayer available for the students or for the teachers and it’s not mandatory and some days some people come to pray, some days nobody comes to pray,” Rev. Nick Wilson, pastor of Lakeview Church of God, said. “But to my knowledge, it’s not something that’s mandatory that anybody has to do.”

Superintendent McClard has apologized for allowing prayer during those in-service meetings and has since removed religious postings from his blog.

He does not want to comment at this point, but an attorney with the school district says they have launched their own investigation.

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  • Donald

    No of course it’s not required. But if you’re not there we’re going to look at you funny and treat you different.

  • whitman

    So with that argument, if you are participating in football, track, wrestling, cheerleading, clubs, etc- you think people would feel funny? This is why we live in America, so we ALL have a choice. If you choose to worship- you should be able to and not feel like you’re a criminal doing so.

    • Coriolana Sinta

      Conversely, any student who does not wish to engage in religious activities during school should not be made to feel like a crinimal either. Not to mention that pesky separation of church and state he’s ignoring.

      • JUST STOP

        Really, so who appointed you judge and jury. You don’t want to pray, then get the hell of of my way.l I will pray, when I want, where I want, how I want. I am getting sick and tired of the minority groups in this country, trying to take away my rights. God Bless You !!!

  • Coriolana Sinta

    It is jagoffs like this that have wrecked the American public education system. remember===those who cannot teach become administrators. This one apparently hasn’t read the freakin’ Constitution!

  • Kuriakos

    Amendment 1
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
    prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    Get it? CONGRESS cannot enact laws that either establish a State Religion NOR can they PROHIBIT a citizen’s right to freely express theirs.

  • Yenny

    News Flash – all religion is made up bull. Take it out of school.

  • jlb

    read the constitution freedom of religion….. not from religion…this seperation of church and state thing is NOT in the constitution!

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