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Some parents are offering praise for the new law that would allow inspirational messages to be presented at school, but opponents think these "messages" are really public prayers.
Its now up to school districts around North Central Florida to decide whether to allow the messages.
"I personally think its a wonderful thing," Debra Shultz, a parent said.
Debra Shultz a mom of a fifteen year old student at Buchholz High School is pleased Governor Rick Scott signed the inspirational message bill.
"I think the kids today need all the inspiration they can get," she said.
Senate Bill 98 would allow students to lead messages at assemblies or at sports events, something this mom feels kids now need.
"Wherever they can get a positive message is greatly needed," Shultz said.
Shultz feels that it is harder for kids today to still be a kid.
"You have to have more police officers in school right now, because kids bringing weapons and drugs," Shultz said.
"This puts school boards all across Florida in a very difficult position," Jackie Johnson, Alachua County School Board Public Information Officer, said.
Johnson says with the new law signed, it puts school districts in a bind because they could have a chance in getting sued.
"And have had to pay a huge amount in legal fees to deal with lawsuits over this kind of issue," Johnson said.
Johnson told TV20 school board officials asked the state to take up the lawsuits.
"The legislature rejected that," Johnson said.
But this mom is one who's pleased school kids will get a chance to have inspirational messages.
"I think its a good start and I'm glad the law was passe," Shultz said.
Alachua County School Board Officials say they are waiting to get specific guidelines from the state on what's considered an "inspirational message."
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