A local Atlanta TV station is reporting that about 50 students skipped class to pray together Wednesday morning. They started around 7:30 a.m. in the coach’s office and lasted more than two hours. Here’s the story:
“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…. “
” ‘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.”
The superintendent says he will not discipline the coach or the students for missing class, but they will be no more prayers during school hours.
I remember groups meeting to pray before high school by the flag pole but when that bell rang everyone went to class.
So what do you think of this? Is prayer a legitimate reason to miss class? Should these kids or the coach be disciplined for missing? What is prayer’s place at public school? Would kids in Christian or other religious school be allowed to miss class to pray?