ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A group of parents in St. Johns County are pushing for a policy that would allow students to give inspirational messages, including prayers, at graduation ceremonies.
Mother of two, Kim Kendall, spoke up at today's school board meeting about the issue.
"It's not only about my children, it's also about our constitutional rights," said Kendall.
The fight is proving to be an uphill battle for parents like Kendall.
In a nine-page letter, the school district attorney, Frank Upchurch, explained why he recommends against adopting such a policy.
He says allowing prayer at graduation ceremonies could open up the door to lawsuits, which would cost the district money.
"I have serious legal concerns about the validity of any such policy," said Upchurch.
Kendall said if money is the issue, the Liberty Counsel would represent the county if it ever needs to defend itself.
"We would like the school board to contact the Liberty Counsel because nobody made mention, including Mr. Upchurch, that the Liberty Counsel will provide pro bono work and all the attorneys fees. It wouldn’t cost a penny to St. Johns County," said Kendall.
According to Upchurch, it all comes down to the first amendment.
"The establishment clause of the first amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the promotion of religion by a public school system," said Upchurch.
But Kendall hopes the school board will at least consider it, eventually.
"We hope that they recognize that they're our voices and the citizens are the boss here and we are requesting that it get workshoped," said Kendall.
It'll be up to the school board to decide if and when this issue would be put up for a vote.