LYONS (AP) — A small northeast Nebraska school district appears to be ignoring warnings from the ACLU that it would take legal action if the district hosted a religious speaker.
ACLU Nebraska legal director Amy Miller said the Lyons-Decatur Northeast schools are moving forward with plans for a speech from Keith Becker this Wednesday despite the civil rights group’s concerns.
Earlier this month, ACLU Nebraska sent letters to state school districts warning them not to require students to listen to speakers like Becker who proselytize to students while delivering anti-drug and -alcohol messages.
Lyons-Decatur Superintendent Fred Hansen said he believes Becker’s anti-drinking message is important for students to hear, and he doesn’t think the presentation will create problems.
But students will have the option not to attend the speech, as they do with other assemblies when outside groups make presentations.