Despite objections, prayer goes off at graduation

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STANFORD, Ky. (AP) - A student-led prayer went on at a central Kentucky high school graduation, despite the opposition of at least six students

Lincoln County High School 2013 Class President Jonathan Hardwick received a standing ovation after he prayed for about a minute during Friday's commencement ceremony at the school. The Advocate-Messenger reported many audience members echoed his closing of "Amen."

A video of Hardwick's prayer quickly hit social media websites such as YouTube and Topix.

Six students, including at least one atheist, pleaded with school officials to stop the planned prayer.

Atheist activist Ricky Smith attended the graduation at the request of several parents and plans to notify the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation about Lincoln's public prayer.

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