A group of Ohio graduating seniors upheld school tradition by reciting the Lord’s Prayer even though it had been banned by school officials. Seniors at East Liverpool High School had been singing a version of the Lord’s Prayer during their graduation ceremony for 70 years, reports Fox News.
The senior class was not happy with the breaking of the longstanding tradition, so they took matters into their own hands. In defiance of the school board and the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the students stood up and recited the famous 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, apparently something the kids wanted to do. I had no knowledge of it. The crowd seemed to support it,” East Liverpool Superintendent Melissa Watson said told The Intelligencer according to the Washington Times.
Robert Hill, the father of Bobby Hill, one of the senior class members, said he was proud of the students for taking a stand.
“I’ve always taught my two boys to stand up for what you 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.”
In light of what happened, the Washington Times reported that school officials are considering a nondenominational baccalaureate graduation next year for students.