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No moment of silence for Ill. students

Jan. 22, 2009 at 3:11 PM

CHICAGO, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Illinois ruled a state law requiring students to observe a moment of silence is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman overturned the law Wednesday, saying the required moment of silence was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion designed to introduce prayer in public schools, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

Gettleman put a temporary ban on the law in May after Buffalo Grove High School student Dawn Sherman and her father, atheist activist Rob Sherman, filed a legal challenge.

"This has just brought closure for everyone, for all the districts in the state of Illinois," said Venetia Miles, spokeswoman for Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights.

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