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Prayer Boxes to Stay in Finley Schools

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FINLEY, Wash.- Concerned parents met with the Finley School District Friday to discuss whether the boxes should remain.

The district has decided to leave the boxes in the schools.

That's to the dismay of some parents involved in the controversy.  Many don't think any sort of visible prayer like this should be in the schools.

The District reviewed it's policy though, and thinks because the boxes were student initiated, they're obeying all state and federal laws regarding separation of church and state.

"It has to be student initiated, it cannot be staff initiated, it cannot be supported by the school in any financial way.  It has to be basically all student involvement," said Suzanne Feeney, the District's Superintendent. 

Students aren't allowed to use the box during school, it has to be before school, during lunch, or after classes.

Earlier in the week, the District decided to take down religious scriptures that were posted in the schools.  They decided those were over the line.  They say that line is very thin.