LAKE CITY, AR - The Riverside School district has decided not to have a 6th grade graduation this year after a parent protested against prayer during the ceremony.

Sixth grade parent Kelly Adams said saying a prayer at graduation has never been an issue before which is why a lot of parents are very upset.

"As Christians and a mainly Christian town I think, there were a lot of people hurt that our rights were taken away," Adams said.

"My daughter graduated last year from 6th grade and my son is graduating this year from 6th grade, and we had a pastor open our ceremony and my daughter actually closed the ceremony in prayer," she said. 

The school district decided to cancel the graduation ceremony after one parent came out and protested the prayer.