Nearly 4 years ago, a letter from, the freedom from religion foundation forced Bell County Schools to end pre-game prayer with fans.
State attorneys told the school system, continuing it, would be unconstitutional.
The decision was not a popular one.
Fast forward to 2015, when a faculty member and some students offered a petition.
They cite the 1st amendment, which protects free exercise of religion.
Board members agreed, and for now, a pre-game prayer will kick-off the football season.
Reviving an old tradition, on a brand new field.
“It’s been a long-standing tradition here at Bell County High School, that there be prayer at the football games. Then there was obviously someone who was opposed to it,” said Samantha Johnson, a teacher at Bell County High School.
It was 4 years ago.
The school board received a letter from the freedom from religion foundation, which led to the decision of ending pre-game prayer.
“The prayers were simply usually praying over the players and their safety. There was nothing offensive in the prayers,” said Johnson.
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