Student disciplined in school prayer banner spat
CRANSTON, R.I.—Officials have disciplined a student at Cranston High School West for making online comments against an atheist student who recently won a legal battle over a prayer banner that had been displayed at the school.
School officials and police have been investigating a number of threats on social media directed at 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist, who sued the School Department and wanted the banner removed. A federal judge last week ordered officials to take down the banner.
The school district's operating officer, Ray Votto Jr., told The Providence Journal ( http://bit.ly/wsKFjH) that a student faced internal discipline, typically a form of detention, for online comments. The student wasn't named.
Votto also confirmed that school officials broke up an attempted walkout by students supporting the prayer banner on Friday.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com