Atheist Group, Rankin Schools Settle Dispute

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

An atheist group and the Rankin County School District have settled a lawsuit over allegations that high school students were forced to attend on-campus programs where fellow students urged them to turn to Jesus for hope and eternal life.

The district had denied that assemblies were mandatory and says they were legal.

A lawsuit filed in April by the American Humanist Association asked a federal judge to prohibit the Rankin County School District from having religious assemblies.

In an agreement filed Nov. 22 in U.S. District Court in Jackson, the school district agreed to comply with its Religion in Public Schools Policy.

School board attorney John G. Corlew says the policy was adopted in July to make it clear that the school board did not sponsor religious activities.


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