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Tue., Aug. 12, 2014, 10:32 a.m.

School Apologizes For Missionary Talk

Cheney school officials have apologized to the parents of a middle school student for allowing a self-styled religious missionary to be the featured speaker at a mandatory school assembly. Terry Fiala remains dissatisfied with the Cheney School District’s response. He wants school apologies sent to all parents and some school staff held accountable for bringing in Gary Horton last March. “He violated my daughter’s rights, and that of all the students in the school. He’s violating state and national separation of church and state laws,” Fiala said. “I feel I have been violated because having him in a school is a validation of his opinion.” School officials now acknowledge they made several missteps by allowing Horton to speak. They failed to fill out the appropriate paperwork, failed to research Horton thoroughly and failed to stop his speech once he began to deliver his message about God/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here.

Question: Should Cheney schools have apologized?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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