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Wisconsin school, parents at odds over ‘Jesus lunches’

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School administrators are asking parents to stop hosting free lunches accompanied by discussions about Christianity outside a high school in Middleton, citing legal concerns.

A handful of parents have been organizing the noontime meetings, which students call “Jesus Lunches,” outside Middleton High since 2014. As the meetings grew, organizers moved them to Fireman’s Park across from the school.

Superintendent Donald Johnson and Principal Stephen Plank emailed the parents this week asking them to end the lunches. They say the district leases the park during school hours, so its rules apply. That includes rules about food safety and food preparation, food allergy procedures and visitor policies.

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