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Prayer Box Creating Concern at Finley Middle School

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FINLEY, Wash.- A box for prayer requests in school is causing concern in Finley, where some parents are questioning the separation of Church and state.

Last week, a student at Finley Middle School came home and told her parents about a prayer box and posted scripture in the lunch room.

That parent got in contact with the school.

That box remains in school as district officials review the legality of their policy.

It's a national debate, religion in public schools.

Now, it hits home.

"I don't send my kids to church unless they want to go," said Charles Hunt, a concerned parent.

The district confirms that the box exists, but they wouldn't let KNDU inside the school and refused to put a representative on camera, instead issuing this statement.

"Finley School District is respectful of all students beliefs. The district staff seeks to follow district policies and state laws regarding religious expression and the public schools, as well as student activities. We appreciate the parent bringing their concern to our attention last Friday afternoon. District officials are looking into the matter and will have more information later in the week."

They say students started the box, it's not a school organized or sanctioned activity.

Prayer in schools has been on the nationwide stage in recent years.

Some challenge that the pledge of allegiance is even unconstitutional, that's why some parents seem concerned over the prayer box.

The situation was just brought to the district's attention Friday.

They say they're still talking to their lawyer about the legality of it.

Still, parents KNDU talked to say if they wanted prayer in their kids' schools, they'd send them to private schools.