Group sues over SC public school event at chapel

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A humanist group has sued over a Greenville County public school’s decision to hold its 5th-grade graduation ceremonies at a Christian university. The American Humanist Association on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop Mountain View Elementary School from holding ceremonies in a chapel on the campus of North Greenville University. The suit against the Greenville County School District also seeks to stop school-sponsored prayers at future events. The group wrote to school officials in June after two parents complained about a May 30 ceremony at the university’s chapel in Tigerville. North Greenville is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Court records listed no attorney for the school district, and a spokesman did not immediately return a message. ___ Kinnard can be reached at

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