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College of Alameda prayer case moves forward

Submitted by on 1, April 10, 2009 – 6:45 amOne Comment

A federal lawsuit filed by two College of Alameda students who were threatened with suspension after one prayed with a sick teacher is moving forward. The students are arguing the school violated their free speech rights.

Fashion design and merchandising students Kandy Kyriacou and Ojoma Omaga were in December 2007 that they would be suspended from classes for “disruptive behavior” after Kyriacou prayed with a sick teacher in her office.

Another instructor who shared the office, who is also a defendant in the suit, told Kyriacou she was not allowed to pray in there. Kyriacou saw Omaga in the hall and was telling her what happened when the second instructor reappeared.

Judge Susan Illston said that while schools can’t sanction or endorse prayer, she doesn’t think the school was doing so in this case.

A spokesperson for the college said she can’t comment on ongoing litigation.

You can read much, much more about the case in today’s Journal or in the Chronicle.

One Comment »

  • Jessica Lindsey says:

    Organized prayer in the public school setting, whether in the classroom or at a school-sponsored event, is unconstitutional. The only type of prayer that is constitutionally permissible is private, voluntary student prayer that does not interfere with the school’s educational mission.

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