- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BYRON CENTER, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a complaint that a public school district in western Michigan helped plan and promote a religious service for graduating seniors has been resolved.

Mitch Kahle, a representative for the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists, tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1j0xEnv ) the involvement of a public district in a baccalaureate service gives the impression the district is endorsing the event.

Kahle says the issue involving Byron Center Public Schools came after a student’s family complained. He says “even though it is a tradition that schools have been doing for many years, it does not make it right.”

The newspaper says about 80 of 250 graduates attended the May ceremony.

Superintendent Dan Takens says students or groups may hold the service, but the district can’t promote or plan it.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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