CATEGORY: Pontotoc County



PONTOTOC -The youngest child of Lisa Herdahl was in an Oxford hospital Thursday after being involved in a serious lawn mower accident, a friend of the family said.

Five-year-old Elizabeth Herdahl reportedly was in the family's yard late Wednesday while one of her older brothers was cutting grass. The child apparently ran up behind the boy and her foot was run over by the lawn mower.

She was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi by ambulance and was treated in the emergency room. On Thursday, she was moved to a regular room where she was being monitored.

It was uncertain whether amputation would be necessary.

Lisa Herdahl, the Pontotoc County mother of six, made national news in December 1994 when she filed a lawsuit against the Pontotoc County School District after learning that student-led prayers were being said each morning over the intercom system at North Pontotoc Attendance Center. Herdahl also objected to Bible classes being taught at both the elementary and high school level at the Ecru school.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Neal Biggers ruled the prayers were unconstitutional. He said Bible history classes could continue, provided no doctrine was taught in the courses and no specific religion was endorsed.

The school district has until July 3 to appeal Biggers' decision.

-Monique Harrison

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