Bella Wong, superintendent of Wellesley public schools, has sent out a letter of apology to parents of students for allowing six-graders to pray while visiting the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), in Roxbury.
According to the letter, school teachers brought students from the (mandatory) "Enduring Beliefs and the World Today" class on field trips to visit a synagogue and a mosque, and they also visited a gospel music performance and met with "representatives of the Hindu religion". Students had to receive parental permission to attend the field trips.
For the mosque visiting, half the students went one day, the rest the next. On the second day, a representative of the mosque invited students to join them in a prayer. Five students chose to participate.
Controversy ensued (or, is ensuing ...).
This story was first reported by Wicked Local - the Wellesley Townsman