Missouri school coach won’t give prayers (August 15, 2017)

FFRF has put the kibosh on coach-led prayers at a school district in Shelbina, Mo.

It was reported to FFRF that the South Shelby High School football coach, Rob Wilt, was leading prayers with student-athletes after games last year.

FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to the Shelby County R-IV School District superintendent on May 11, warning that it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to lead their teams in prayer. FFRF requested that the district take action to ensure Wilt would cease praying or organizing prayer with athletes.

FFRF was informed in August that Wilt and other staff had received training by the school legal counsel on their obligation to keep religion out of school events.

Freedom From Religion Foundation