Students defy orders and recite The Lord’s Prayer at graduation, receive standing ovation

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EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO - Graduating seniors at East Liverpool High School in Ohio have sung The Lord's Prayer during the ceremony for the past 70 years.

But their tradition was deemed a violation by a group from Wisconsin, called Freedom Foundation for Separation of Church and State.

When they complained to East Liverpool's school administrators, the school obliged and told this year's graduating class that The Lord's Prayer tradition in this small town of 13,000 people had to be broken.

"We said, 'Okay, we just won't do it anymore.' It was a decision made because we don't have a lot of money and we'd rather hire teachers than pay lawyers," said School Board President Larry Walton.

But students were hiding a trick up their graduation gown sleeves.

Rather than sing the Lord's Prayer, which the Wisconsin group demanded they stop, the students recited it instead.

Their decision was met with a roar of applause from the stands.

"We're really big at traditions at this school and I think it would've been nice to have the same as my brother had whenever he graduated," said Student Vice President Cami Post.