- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WILLARD, Mo. (AP) - An outgoing superintendent at a southwest Missouri school has been suspended with pay since shortly after he said a prayer at the high school’s graduation.

The Willard School Board voted in May to suspend Superintendent Kent Medlin. The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://sgfnow.co/2sQbrxf ) the move is largely symbolic because Medlin planned to retire and was scheduled to work only until June 30.

The board said in a statement that Medlin’s prayer at the May graduation violated school policy.

A group of Willard seniors demanded an apology after Medlin credited his “savior,” quoted the Bible and asked the crowd to join him in prayer during a commencement speech.

Medlin apologized the day after graduation, saying he didn’t intend to offend anyone.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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