Principal, Teachers Threatened for Attending Prayer Vigil on School Grounds

By Stephanie Samuel | Christian Post Reporter A Mississippi high school principal and teachers, threatened with an investigation because they participated in a privately held prayer event meant to usher in a school year, are now being reassured of their right to express their faith.

Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a separation of church and state watchdog group based in Madison, Wis., sent out letters calling for the Pascagoula school district to investigate Pascagoula High School Principal Al Sparkman for attending a community-hosted prayer circle for neighbors, parents and students.

"We request an immediate investigation into this situation and appropriate steps be taken to prevent future prayer events organized by school officials," wrote FFRF Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt. "The district must immediately end Principal Sparkman's practice of encouraging organizing prayer events at Pascagoula High School."

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