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Putting Prayer in Public Schools: TX Teacher Battles District That Punished Her for Praying

A Texas school teacher is suing her school district, claiming the school's principal violated her First Amendment rights when he reprimanded her for praying on campus.

Attorneys with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Staci Barber, a teacher at Cardiff Junior High in Katy, Texas. 

As a born-again Christian, Barber had an interest in starting a campus chapter of Students for Christ, but was told by Principal Bryan Round that, "Katy does not have religious clubs and that Cardiff was not allowed to have any religious clubs per Katy ISD."

Barber complied with the request but in September, she joined two friends and fellow teachers to pray at the school flagpole for "See You At The Pole," a once-a-year event where students and teachers across the nation pray and engage in religious activity before the school day begins.

Barber had participated in the event over the last eight years since she had been teaching at Cardiff, but this time Round pulled her and the other teachers into his office to ...