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THE SNEEZE




A widely-publicized controversy surrounding a 2001 graduation ceremonies at a High School in Washington Community Peoria, Illinois.
 
Associated Press reported on May 17, 2001, a student-led prayer was going to be allowed at the graduation, but then a lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the senior valedictorian, Natasha Appenheimer.
On virtually the eve of graduation, they won a court injunction that banned any prayer at the graduation. 
It was the first time in the school's 80 year history that a prayer would not be offered. 
Natasha was booed by the audience when she received her diploma.
 
Another student, Ryan Brown, was one of the speakers. 
He paused during his speech to bow his head and pray silently. 
The Peoria Journal Star newspaper said that after the silent prayer, Ryan "feigned a sneeze" so the audience could respond with a


"God bless you."









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