U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Student Prayer Case

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court declined review of a decision out of the 5th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals involving student-led prayer at school board meetings.  The 5th Circuit’s decision in favor of the school board’s practice still stands.  This decision is the result of a case filed in 2015 by a former student against the Birdville Independent School District in North Texas alleging that student-led Christian prayer at school board meetings made him feel “violated and uncomfortable.”  The student’s allegations followed a practice by the school board that permitted student speakers to offer remarks, which sometimes included prayer, to open school board meetings. To view the argument set forth by the school board in support of its practice, click here: http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/17-178-BIO.pdf