Middle School Basketball Coach Brags About Illegal Team Prayer
Coach Eric Stafford tweeted a picture of another school coach illegally leading a prayer with a student basketball team at Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Feb. 5:
Team prayer lead by Coach Davis before our game @EastGarnerMMS Great job bouncing back from a horrendous first half to pull out the W! 44-39@DDMSDragons #praytogetherstaytogether pic.twitter.com/CVuzRZYlsY
— Coach Stafford (@DillardBBall) February 6, 2018
In response to the tweet, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Wake County Public School System on Feb. 21, notes the Friendly Atheist:
Coach Stafford and Coach Davis represent the school when they are acting as team coaches. Therefore, they cannot lead their team in prayer and cannot organize, participate in, or advocate for team prayer either.
We ask that the school district take immediate action to stop any and all school-sponsored prayers occurring as a part of WCPSS events.