This is insane. If a parent doesn’t want their child to participate, the child can stay at home or stay in the hotel. I’m sure the school would have been willing to provide an alternative function for those who were not allowed or didn’t wish to go to the Basilica.
But it’s shameful that apparently, they have performed at other Churches, but now someone complains.
Why punish those who want to go?
It’s not like the school is saying “you must become Catholic to attend.” It’s a sad state we live in when the School District (who thinks thinks they would win a court case) gives in because they know the cost of fighting the lawsuit would be too high.
We really need judicial reform. When someone brings such bullying civil suits, the plaintiff should be forced to pay the legal fees should they lose. It would make people think twice about filing such lawsuits.