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Florida classrooms to begin with moment of silence

On Monday Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill requiring public schools to begin each day with a...
On Monday Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill requiring public schools to begin each day with a moment of silence.(WCTV)
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 10:34 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A daily moment of silence will soon be mandatory in Florida classrooms.

On Monday Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill requiring public schools to begin each day with a moment of silence.

Many parents in Leon County responded Tuesday in support of the new rule, saying the quiet moment could help students start their day on the right foot.

“I think it’s pretty cool that kids get to have a moment of silence to think before their day starts,” said parent Carmen Cespedes. “I think it would be better for them schooling wise, like grades.”

According to the legislation, HB 529 requires principals to begin each day with a moment of silence lasting one to two minutes. Teachers are not allowed to suggest to students how they spend it or what to reflect on.

Opponents of the bill raise concerns it could lead to bullying, or it could be a back door way of mandating prayer in classrooms.

But many parents believe the moment can be a good thing for a lot of students, especially having the freedom to spend the moment as they wish.

“Like say a quiet prayer or something like that, it would be overwhelming for her. It’s like a whole other chore, something that she has to do, that she’s required to do. But if she gets a moment to herself, then that’s her way of just saying okay, these are my thoughts,” said parent April Nesmith. “It gives her time to reflect on anything that happened that morning, anything that may be going on throughout her day. It’s a means for her to practice mindfulness.”

A spokesperson with the Leon County School District said they did not previously have a policy regarding a moment of silence, but will work on how the new legislation will be implemented this fall.

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