School Guard's Friday Prayer Accommodated

September 4, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On September 4, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "Philadelphia school officials will let a Muslim security guard at Olney High School leave campus briefly on Fridays to pray at a local mosque, ending a dispute that flared at one of the city's most diverse schools. Last week, after meetings between Mattox and the district's chief safety executive, both sides agreed that the guard could take an extended lunch period Friday to pray as long as he returned to school by dismissal and made up two work hours on other days, said Andrew Rosen, the district's attorney."