A group of Ohio school’s graduating seniors upheld the school tradition by reciting the Lord’s Prayer even though it had been banned by school officials. Seniors at the East Liverpool High School had been singing the Lord’s Prayer during their graduation ceremony for 70 years as a custom, reports Fox News.
However, this year the school authorities removed the song from the graduation ceremony program because the authorities were afraid of being sued by the Freedom from Religion Foundation because the organization said the song promoted Christian religion and violated the U.S. Constitution. “It was a hard decision made because we don’t have a lot of money and we’d rather hire new teachers than pay lawyers to fight legal battles,” school board president Larry Walton informed the local NBC News affiliate according to the Washington Times.
The senior graduating class was not happy with the breaking of the longstanding tradition, so they took this matters into their own hands. In defiance of the orders from the school board and the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the students stood up and recited the very famous Lords prayer, which begins, “Our Father who art in heaven,” just after their class valedictorian, Jonathan Montgomery, welcomed the crowd to the graduation, according to Fox News.
“It was totally spontaneous, and apparently something the students wanted to do. The administration had no knowledge of it. The crowd seemed to support it, with loud cheers and claps”.
Robert Hill, the father of Bobby Hill, one of the senior class members, said he was proud of the students for taking a stand on reciting the Lords prayer, as it is the very fundamental thing that the nation was know for, In God we trust.
“I’ve always taught my two boys to stand up for what they believe is right,” Mr. Hill said. “The same lesson my parents taught me. It doesn’t matter if it’s over religion or something else – take a stand.”, proud father, he is!!