The morning routine at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire will be 10 seconds shorter Friday after a federal judge banned the moment of silence mandated in public schools in Illinois.
Like many of their counterparts, Stevenson students have been asked to reflect or pray at the same time each day since last October, when Illinois passed the law. On Thursday a judge halted that requirement while he figures out if the law passes constitutional muster.
Not all Illinois schools heeded the law. Administrators for districts that did comply said they didn't foresee much impact from dropping the moment in the school year's waning days.
Stevenson junior Aliya de Grazia welcomed the change, saying she looked forward to a moment-free start of the day.
"I didn't have a problem so much with the idea of us reflecting in school," said de Grazia, a junior who walked out of her first-period
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