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Concord responds to Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit

ELKHART, Ind. -

Concord Community Schools announced they will hire an attorney to defend the school against a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a student and his father.

The filed suit because they say the live nativity and story of Jesus portion of the Concord High School Christmas Spectacular violates the separation of church and state.

They are suing for declaratory and injunctive relief and nominal damages.

The plaintiffs, FFRF, John and Jack Doe, want the court to find John and Jack Doe's rights were violated and prevent the nativity scene and telling of the story of the birth of Jesus from being organized, rehearsed or presented in the Christmas Spectacular.

According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, Superintendent John Trout of Concord Community Schools released this statement.

"As is our standard operating procedure, we turned over these filings to our insurance company, who will hire and pay for lawyers to defend this lawsuit. For a variety of sound reasons, Concord Community Schools has long possessed a practice of not commenting publicly on any pending litigation. We will continue to honor that practice."

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