Some high school graduates at a Missouri school district commencement ceremony were angered after the superintendent invited the crowd to stand as he gave a “blessing” during commencement. The grads were so angered in fact that the superintendent was forced to apologize.
“I came there to graduate, not go to church. It kind of ruined the rest of my night,” senior Preston Schaeffer told the paper. “That was the last night of my high school experience, and he chose to talk about religion instead of graduation.”
Superintendent Kent Medlin quoted the Bible at the graduation ceremony according to the Springfield News-Leader.
“He asked students to stand up and pray as a Christian, quoting the Bible numerous times throughout. Many students felt extremely ostracized by the situation, when choosing not to pray,” fellow graduate Ashlynn Bradley told the paper, adding that Medlin “invited students to his office for coffee to discuss ‘the Lord.’ This was incredibly inappropriate.”
The students that complained about the ceremony also added that the plan to contact the ACLU and possibly file a formal complaint.
Medlin released the following statement:
“If my behavior was offensive to anyone, then I am truly sorry. I in no way wanted to offend anybody. That was not my intention.”
Medlin is set to retire next month, however, so there is little possibility that there will be significant controversy following the incident.
(H/T The Blaze)