Santa Fe ISD v. Doe

breonah brown

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Summary

A group of public high school students are opposed to pre-game prayers before football games.

Problems/Causes

students are opposed to pre-game prayers before football games.

Decision

A published decision of the District Court on confidentiality matters appears as Doe v. Santa Fe Indep. Sch. Dist., 933 F. Supp. 647 (S.D. Tex. 1996).

Constitutional Question

Whether petitioners policy permitting student-led, student initiated prayer at football games violates the Establishment Clause.

Impact

Pre-game invocations are not “private speech” because they are authorized by government policy and take place on government property at a government-sponsored event