Here’s an interesting situation in Lumpkin County, Georgia, where a high school coach and some 50 students decided to pray for two hours in the coach’s office rather than go to class. And the superintendent of the school system is engaging in some serious double talk on the issue. Here’s what happened:
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.
Moye says the student who initiated the prayer is part of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. The superintendent said that before the prayer ended, 50 students had joined in.
Now here comes the double talk. Moye says that everyone was acting within their constitutional rights — but that they can’t do it again.
Moye said that the students were within their rights.
“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.
Moye says he realizes what happened Wednesday cannot happen again. He admits some parents called to complain about the prayer, but he says that going forward, procedures and policies will be followed.
While he said that he will not discipline the coach and students, Moye says from now on, there will be no prayers during school hours.
No, you don’t get to have it both ways. If you genuinely believe that they were acting within their constitutional rights, then you can’t prevent them from doing it again. And of course, this was disruptive to the school day because they didn’t go to class when they were supposed to. This is all nonsense. The coach should be disciplined for it and the students should be given unexcused absences from class.