Missouri superintendent suspended for praying at graduation

2 years 6 months 19 hours ago Tuesday, June 06 2017 Jun 6, 2017 Tuesday, June 06, 2017 4:47:08 PM CDT June 06, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

WILLARD (AP) — An outgoing superintendent at a southwest Missouri school has been suspended with pay since shortly after he said a prayer at the high school's graduation.

The Willard School Board voted in May to suspend Superintendent Kent Medlin. The Springfield News-Leader reports the move is largely symbolic because Medlin planned to retire and was scheduled to work only until June 30.

The board said in a statement that Medlin's prayer at the May graduation violated school policy.

A group of Willard seniors demanded an apology after Medlin credited his "savior," quoted the Bible and asked the crowd to join him in prayer during a commencement speech.

Medlin apologized the day after graduation, saying he didn't intend to offend anyone.

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