FFRF calls a timeout on Kentucky school’s pre-game prayer (Jan. 10, 2012)

FFRF has won the game against athletic prayer in Inez, Ky., for the second time. The first time FFRF declared victory at Sheldon Clark High School (SCHS) was this fall during football season. SCHS delivered illegal prayers over the public address system before both football and basketball games.

Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert first wrote to the School District on Sept. 6, 2011 advising the school to end the unconstitutional prayers taking place prior to football games. Two weeks later FFRF received a response from School District Attorney John Triplett claiming an end to the prayers. A few weeks later, local complainants again took issue with pre-game prayers, only this time before basketball games. The prayers were student-initated and broadcast over the intercom system. Markert wrote a Dec. 21 letter asking SCHS again to end school-sponsored prayer at all school and sports events.

In a Jan. 10 letter of reply, Triplett wrote: ” … [I] was assured that the principal understood the correct procedure ‘no school supported prayer at school events’ and was assured that this would not happen in the future at either or any other events at the school.”

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