Assembly canceled after ACLU sends warning to schools

Auburn High School decided to cancel a school assembly because of a letter it got from ACLU Nebraska, warning that it could face legal action if officials allowed school assemblies that included religious messages.

The 180 Tour is a group that travels all around the country.  It consists of a rock band called Voda and motivational speaker Chrystal Miller, who survived the Columbine High School shootings.

They say their assemblies during school hours have no religious undertones; it's the events they hold after school hours, which are open to anyone, where they talk about religion.

Bryan Olesen is the 180 Tour Director and says, “we very much respect the wishes of the schools and even the views from the ACLU to not inject a specific religion or faith into our talk during the day.  We've never crossed the line there so it's unfortunate that today's event got canceled.”

Miller says, “I do not talk about my faith at all.  I don't mention anything that has any connotation related to my faith.  I talk more about the students choices, what influences them, about how important it is to treat one another with kindness and compassion.” 

The high school did tell the group if they could get the ACLU's approval, the event wouldn't be canceled, however the 180 Tour says they couldn't get in touch with them..

So far, just one other school has canceled on the group.