DESOTO COUNTY, MS - The Desoto County School system received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation asking the district to stop allowing school-led prayers. The group says it did so after receiving a complaint from a student.
Preston Rogers, with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, spoke with abc24.com about the issue.
He says prayer is not illegal. It just can't be sanctioned by the school or led by a representative of the school.
Pamela Selby was a representative for Desoto County Schools for 28 years.
"I'm so sorry that Christians who stand up for the Lord are the ones who are singled out," she says.
Selby's all for praying before ball games.
"I think praying before a ball game," she tells abc24.com, "is fine. Praying that children don't get hurt, can you imagine being against that?"
Markus Godwin can't.
"I don't go to church," he says, "but I believe in God. I don't see anything wrong with prayer in schools."
But Rogers does see something wrong with it.
"The reason we have the Bill of Rights is to prevent people from being ruled by the tyranny of the majority," he says.
"I think the Constitution allows for everyone to have freedom of expression," says Selby. "If you're not a believer, you simply tune it out."
Freedom From Religion Foundation says it's not suing the school system yet, but if the praying continues, it will. Desoto County Schools leaders say they are investigating the matter.