A student led prayer event involving players and coaches surrounding some football games in Michigan has been banned.
Dan Loria, head football coach at Bloomfield Hills high school, told the Oakland Press the practice began 11 years ago.
But in March of this year, the Bloomfield Hills school district decided to ban all similar prayers at home football games. The move was sparked by a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan. According to Dan Korobkin, an ACLU staff attorney, a family had complained about the prayers saying the coach was leading them.
After an investigation by the school system, it was determined that the coach was not leading the prayers, but only attended while students led them. But the system decided to end the practice regardless of who was leading the prayers.
In defense of the system's decision, Superintendent Robert Glass said on the system's website "Enforcing the Board Regulation is our way of maintaining a supportive environment for all students."
ACLU attorney Korobkin told the Oakland Press, "Rather than having some sort of big dispute over whether the coach was actually leading it or taking part, the school district did the right thing by making it clear to the coach that prayer was not appropriate at football team events."
For more on this story, go to www.theoaklandpress.com. You can see the school superintendent's statement at http://www.bloomfield.org/news/item/index.aspx?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&LinkID=598&ModuleID=113&NEWSPID=1