Wayne, WV

AU received a complaint that an elementary-school teacher regularly recited a lunchtime prayer with her students during which she thanked God for their food. In a letter to the school district, AU explained that, although students may voluntarily join together for prayer, the Establishment Clause prohibits public-school staff from initiating or taking part in religious activities with students. After receiving AU’s letter, the principal of the elementary school informed us that she had addressed the matter with the teacher and that the teacher’s practice of leading students in prayer would end.