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Suit aims to block Delta Bible distribution, graduation prayer

June 27, 2016

A federal lawsuit filed Friday in Indianapolis aims to block future prayers at Delta High School graduation ceremonies as well as distribution of Bibles to graduating seniors at a mandatory pre-graduation luncheon.

The suit was filed by a parent with two children in the Delaware County high school, one who has graduated and another who will next year. The complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana claims the prayer and Bible distribution practices “clearly violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

The complaint filed before Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indiana asks the court to enter an injunction preventing distribution of Bibles to students at Delta High School and allowing prayers as part of graduation.

Darin Gullion, assistant superintendent of Delaware Community School Corporation, said Monday he had not seen the suit and could not comment. The suit is Miller v. Delaware Community School Corp., 1:16-cv-1643.

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