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ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Greenville County Schools can continue to allow student-led prayer and hold school events in places of worship while a lawsuit over the issues continues.

U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. made the ruling Tuesday as part of a lawsuit against the school district by the American Humanist Association.

The group sued earlier this year, seeking to stop Mountain View Elementary School from holding future ceremonies in a chapel on the campus of North Greenville University, which is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

The lawsuit says a student known only as “Jill Doe” was “offended, affronted and distressed by the actions of the Elementary School in affiliating itself with and endorsing Christianity” during her graduation this past spring.

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