Hanover, PA

AU received a complaint that a school superintendent in Pennsylvania participated in a See You at the Pole event in his professional capacity — delivering opening remarks and praying with the assembled students. We wrote to the district, explaining that school officials may be present at such events to monitor students behavior, but that they may not participate in religious activity. We received a response from the district’s attorney, explaining that the superintendent was new at the job and unaware of the constitutional restrictions — and that the attorney had now advised him of the constitutional requirements for such events.