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School district in Elkhart promises to nix live Nativity

November 1, 2016

A student and parents suing a school district in Elkhart over its annual holiday pageant are still seeking a court order preventing the school from reverting to old versions of the show that contain live Nativity scenes.

The Elkhart Truth reports a U.S. District Court filing in South Bend by Concord Community Schools in early October says the superintendent and school board won't include live Nativity scenes in the Christmas Spectacular going forward.

The anonymous plaintiffs said in a court filing last week that school officials' promises to use mannequins instead of live actors to depict the Nativity aren't enough.

The court filing is the last one expected from the plaintiffs before the ruling. Their lawyers maintain the show violates U.S. constitutional prohibitions against endorsement of religion.

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