Christian prayers violated Buncombe school policy
(Asheville Citizen-Times) Christian prayers at a North Buncombe High Band Boosters event honoring veterans violated Buncombe County Schools’ religion policy, school officials say. The event on Saturday sparked complaints from some students and at least one parent. “This was a flagrant breaking of policy,” said Ginger Strivelli, a Pagan and the mother of a student who was at the event. Strivelli helped push for the policy a couple of years ago after her son came home from North Windy Ridge Intermediate School with a Bible. School officials said Gideons International left the Bibles at the school for students. Saturday’s event was not on school property. It was held in the field near Dollar General on Weaverville Road. The North Buncombe Band Boosters hosted the ceremony to open its “Field of Honor” flag display. The display aims to honor veterans. It is also a fund-raising event for the band, which will travel to Hawaii to perform at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. Ginger Strivelli said she wants Mercer removed from the booster club. She is promising to do a non-Christian prayer at a band event on Friday if he is not removed.
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