Wisconsin school, parents at odds over ‘Jesus lunches’

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) – Free lunch for high schoolers in Middleton accompanied by discussions about Christianity has some administrators calling for an end to the practice because of legal concerns.

The noontime meetings, which students call “Jesus Lunches,” have been organized by a handful of parents since 2014. The free food and spiritual discussions outside Middleton High has grown, prompting parents to move the lunches to Fireman’s Park across from the school.

In an email to parents this week, Superintendent Donald Johnson and Principal Stephen Plank have called for an end to the lunches. They say the district leases the park during school hours, so its rules apply.

The State Journal reports parents say the group is legally allowed to gather at the public park, which is accessible to everyone for the purposes of assembly and free speech.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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