Coaches, teachers won’t pray with team anymore (November 30, 2018)

A school district in Missouri has instructed coaches and teachers on their constitutional obligation to refrain from participating in student prayers.

FFRF received a complaint that coaches and teachers in a Palmyra school district joined players in an on-field prayer at a football game held on Oct. 23, 2018. Staff from both the Palmyra R-1 School District and Monroe City R-1 School District reportedly participated in the prayer.

Legal Fellow Colin McNamara sent a letter to the district requesting that all employees, including teachers and coaches, cease praying with students.

Superintendent Kirt Malone responded, affirming the district’s commitment to upholding its constitutional responsibilities to honor its students’ religious liberty.

Freedom From Religion Foundation