DCHS football team under fire for pre-game prayer


Dr. Damon Gibbs

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County High School’s football team has come under fire from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) for allowing a pastor to lead a pre-game locker room prayer.

The FFRF has filed a complaint with the Dawson County School System asking the pastor, Russell Davis of the Etowah Church, be removed from the team and that the school no longer allow religious leaders access to its students.

The complaint states “It is well-settled law that schools cannot appoint or employ a chaplain, seek out a spiritual leader for students or agree to have a volunteer teach other people’s children that character centers on religious belief, because public schools may not advance or promote religion.”

FFRF became aware of Davis and the pre-game prayer after a video was placed on a Facebook page.

Dawson County School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs issued the following statement in response to the complaint.

“The School District became aware on Friday of a letter sent to the attorney for the District by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and apparently also mailed directly to local news media. After reviewing the information provided and conversations with appropriate school officials, the District is committed to following the parameters set forth in the First Amendment, and the court decisions interpreting the First Amendment, relating to both the establishment of religion and student’s rights to exercise their freedom of religion. We believe that our coaches have an understanding of those guidelines and will abide by them.”

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