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Heartland Reacts to Lawsuit Against Moment of Silence

Heartland Reacts to Lawsuit Against Moment of Silence
By: Carly O'Keefe

Just about any teacher will tell you that getting kids to be quiet isn't always easy, but a recent revision in Illinois state statute now requires silence to be a daily event, at least for a moment.

A lawsuit filed Friday takes aim at the alteration of the legislation that formerly allowed schools to observe a moment of silence. It now requires a moment of reflection or prayer at the start of each school day.

A northern Illinois man is suing the Township High School District #214 in Buffalo Grove calling the requirement of a daily moment silence "unconstitutional:"

A lot of folks in southern Illinois say they see nothing wrong with it.

"I don't have a problem with it, just because the children can spend that moment of silence however they want, it doesn't say they have to be in prayer, they can take a nap, pray, whatever," said Christy McGuire of Carterville.

"I think it's a great thing for students at school.  I think it's something they should observe if they want to and I think they ought to let them," said Bob Brothers of Carterville.

The lawsuit was filed Friday by Robert Sherman of Buffalo Grove for his 14-year-old daughter Dawn, a student at Buffalo Grove High School.

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