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Rankin County Schools fined for not upholding separation of church and state

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves has issued an order, holding the Rankin County School District in contempt of a consent decree which required the district to uphold the separation of church and state.

Judge Reeves says the district continued to promote Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop. In an order filed July 10, he fined the district $7,500 and again ordered it to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events.

The district first got into trouble when a Northwest Rankin High School student sued over having to attend a school assembly that promoted Christianity. The district agreed in 2013 to settle the suit, and was supposed to implement a policy that activities during school hours would not advance, endorse or inhibit any religion.

However, in 2014, the same student attended an honors assembly that was opened by a minister's prayer.

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