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Concern over Muslim prayer in West Shore schools raises questions about how districts respond to students' religious needs
by Monica Von Dobeneck
The possibility that Muslim students in the West Shore School District might be allowed to pray during the school day has angered some parents, even though nobody is sure that it's happening.
The issue came up when a parent was on Bob Durgin's radio talk show with a letter from a staff member who attended a training session on multicultural awareness Dec. 9 at the school district. The session addressed, in part, the issue of Muslim prayer, according to the letter. Durgin devoted several of his talk shows to the subject.
District officials are not saying much about it. Spokesman Ryan Argot quoted policies regarding religious expression, but would not comment on whether Muslim students were being excused from class to pray or whether the district is considering such an option.
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