A packed crowd and extra police will be on hand Thurday night in Cranston, Rhode Island as a school committee decides whether or not to fight to keep a prayer banner that's hung in the school for decades.

FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso reports:

Last month, a federal judge ordering the prayer banner that begins with the phrase "Our heavenly Father", and ends in "Amen", removed from the Cranston High School West's auditorium, prompting an angry backlash and a city divided.

(Nero) "We've heard enough now. There's not much more we can hear on this. You know, we're getting emails every single day."

School Superintendent Peter Nero.

The controversy after a 16-yr-old atheist student, Jessica Ahlquist, sued the city. She's been the victim of death threats since, even getting police escorts to class.

(Nero) "It's probably going to be pretty contentious."

Tonight, in front of a packed crowd, as a Cranston Schools Committee decides whether or not to appeal the judge's decision.

Jeff Monosso, FOX News Radio