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Extended Prayer Session At Georgia High School?
May 6, 2013 at 7:02 AM

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Extended prayer at North Georgia school ignites debate

Posted: May 02, 2013 4:59 PM EDTUpdated: May 03, 2013 12:56 AM EDT
LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. -

Controversy is brewing in a northern Georgia community after about 50 students prayed together Wednesday morning when school officials said they should have been in class.

The spontaneous prayer at Lumpkin County High School has become the talk of the town. Lumpkin County Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye said that a student started the prayer in a coach's office at 7:30 a.m. and it lasted more than two hours. 

"It was a student-led initiative. The student showed up at the coach's office and the coach did pray with them and it went into the school day, over into the first period of the day," Moye said. 

Moye says the student who initiated the prayer is part of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. The superintendent said that before the prayer ended, 50 students had joined in. Moye said that the students were within their rights. 

"I believe it's a Constitutional right to pray, yes I do. I believe they can do so at their desk, as long as they do not disrupt the school day," Moye said. 

Moye says he realizes what happened Wednesday cannot happen again. He admits some parents called to complain about the prayer, but he says that going forward, procedures and policies will be followed.

While he said that he will not discipline the coach and students, Moye says from now on, there will be no prayers during school hours.

One student was suspended for three days for being overly aggressive to an administrator who would not let another person join the prayer group.

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  • wickedfiress
    May 6, 2013 at 7:05 AM
    What a sneaky way to skip class.
  • Woodbabe
    May 6, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Nothing wrong with prayer in school like this, but its hard to demand respect for it when you're blatantly disrespecting the school schedule.

  • SuperChicken
    May 6, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    In the coaches office, with the coach, but we're to believe the coach had nothing at all to do with it?   Oh look, there's a pig flying past my window!

    And they shouldn't all be playing hooky (that word makes me laugh) and disrupting class. 

    A TRULY student led prayer during break time, I would support.  This was an adult led publicity stunt.

    POOR POOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS! 

  • cjsbmom
    by cjsbmom
    May 6, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    This isn't about violating prayer in school. It's about students using prayer to skip class. They need to be held accountable. 

  • Koltie6
    by Koltie6
    May 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM
    We used to pray in schools and i dont remember the shootings back then. Hmmm maybe we should get back to some of that.
  • romalove
    May 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM


    Quoting Koltie6:

    We used to pray in schools and i dont remember the shootings back then. Hmmm maybe we should get back to some of that.

    LMAO

  • -Celestial-
    May 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Religion has an excuse for everything, might as well add skipping class to it..

  • romalove
    May 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Maybe they should just suspend school in Georgia and put the kids in church to pray.

    That'll edumacate them.

  • SuperChicken
    May 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I've never heard of any shootings in schools before the invention of the automobile.  Perhaps we should go back to the horse and buggy!   


    Quoting Koltie6:

    We used to pray in schools and i dont remember the shootings back then. Hmmm maybe we should get back to some of that.


     

  • obama._.nation
    May 6, 2013 at 9:48 AM
    Inapplicable for whatvthey did up to a point. Don't miss class. Schooling is important. I love when students pray. I have respect for them. But do not cause it to miss schooling.

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