Three Twin Falls junior high school students and their parents have sued the school district to gain use of classrooms for a Bible study group.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court by Sheila Slaughter and Patricia and Ellen Hoppock and their parents, contends the district has violated the student's constitutional rights by refusing classrooms for meetings of Youth Alive, their prayer and Bible study group.It also asks the court to void any state laws that conflict with federal laws aimed at providing equal access to school facilities for all extracurricular student activities.
Superintendent Terrell Donicht said the district has no preference on whether such groups have access to school facilities and would follow whatever directive the court issues.
"We're caught between two conflicting interpretations of the law, and we'd be very happy for the court to straighten that out," Donicht said.
It is only the latest confrontation in Idaho involving prayer in schools.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit to block religious activities in the Rexburg School District on grounds that graduation prayer and other procedures violate the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state. That case is being held pending a ruling on the graduation prayer question by the U.S. Supreme Court in a Rhode Island case.