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HS football team gathers for prayer after school board orders ban on teacher-led prayer

Putman County players, cheerleaders, students, parents gather for prayer after Friday night game (Sept 17, 2021), after school board prohibits teachers and coaches from leading prayer after games. Credit: Twitter caputre

After a Tennessee school board told teachers and coaches last week that they could no longer lead their school teams in prayer, several players, cheerleaders, fans and parents associated with Putnam County football team took matters into their own hands and gathered on the field after a recent game to pray.

The prayer rally organized by parents and students took place on the field after Friday night’s game (Sept 17, 2020) between the Putnan Uppermans and Stone Memorial.

The Blaze reports that while acknowledging that prayer is important for students, teachers and coaches, the school board issued the ban in response to legal threats by an anti-religious group.

In a release to media outlets, school administrators said:

“As a district, we absolutely understand the importance of prayer in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff members. We support the right of students to participate in and lead spontaneous prayers. That right is and will continue to be protected.”

READ: HS football team leads community in post-game prayer after school board tells coaches and teachers they no longer can: ‘Satan’s power was defeated tonight’

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