ANNAPOLIS -- When two of her friends at Hancock Middle-Senior High School died in a house fire about two weeks ago, Karly Logsdon said her first instinct was to pray.
The high school senior organized a school prayer to remember their classmates.
Karly, 17, says this type of expression in school should be encouraged, and she was in Annapolis on Wednesday to support a bill sponsored by Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, that would clarify existing rules of religious activities and topics in public schools.
The bill was heard in the House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee. No action was taken.
The legislation emphasizes that students are allowed to address religion in school assignments and should not be penalized or rewarded for doing so. It also states that student addresses may include religious messages and that all religious clubs should be granted equal access to school facilities.
Under the bill, students would be allowed to organize religious gatherings, which would be given the same consideration as nonreligious gatherings. In all cases, Serafini said the bill applies to all religions, and even to those who consider themselves nonreligious.