Sante Fe Highschool vs. Doe
Sepearation of Church and State
Summary of Case
In the year 2000,two mothers decided to file a lawsuit against Sante Fe Highschool. The two mothers and the current and former students attended a highschool football game.Before the varsity football games ,an elected student would conduct a prayer.Well,the argument was rather or not the school was violating the establishment clause by saying prayers on public property through football games conducted by the government as a school event.In the ruling, 6 to 3 favored that prayer before football games does violate the establishment clause,because it was not done privately ,but in a public speech.However,the district court gave the school permission to have the prayer only if the prayer was nonsectarian and nonproselytizing. Many students enjoyed the prayer and did not agree with the ruling.Therefore, there was another ruling that stated that the prayer was not to be conducted before football games and that the prayer in which the government ruled,could only be done at graduations.Many believed that the ruling went against the citizens rights to religion. The court decision was that the student led prayer policy held at the school was unconstitutionalized. However, the educators were allowed to still have a student elected for speech but the prayer shall be private.