Published May 05, 2013
A Georgia school district has ignited controversy after about 50 students took part in a prayer session that lasted more than two hours, cutting into their class time.
According to My Fox Atlanta, the spontaneous prayer last week at Lumpkin County High School was started by a student in a coach’s office at about 7:30 a.m.
Some teachers reportedly participated in the prayer revival that went until 11:30 a.m.
"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," Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye told the station.
Moye said that some parents called to complain, and he realizes that in the future procedures and policies must be followed.
According to WSBTV, three of the teachers who participated in the prayer meeting had assistants in their class, but one teacher left his classroom unattended to go the gym.
"We will be speaking more in depth with that teacher about this," Moye said.
Moye says he will not discipline the coach and students. "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.