Prayer At School Events

A complaint from an unnamed local resident about the Piedmont City School District leads to the discontinuation of school prayer at school events. On March 20, Piedmont City School District received a letter from an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison, Wisconsin. The letter stated that a resident reported that the school system was violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by allowing a prayer to be said over the public address system at home football games. TV24 spoke to Piedmont City School District Superintendent Matt Akin, today. Akin said the school district is in now in compliance with what the law says. TV 24 also spoke to Freedom From Religion Foundation staff attorney Sam Grover. He says the Supreme Court is consistent and clear about the First Amendment. And, their organization applauds school districts who choose to end prayer practice after identifying the violation of the law. Superintendent Akin added that he believes every school district in Calhoun County has the same interpretation of the law. He says the administrative team had plenty of time to make adjustment to their policy. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization with more than 21,000 members throughout the country. Their purpose is to promote the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. They receive more than 3000 complaints each year from people who see violations.

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