“They can’t tell me I can’t pray.”
-- 15-year-old Brooke Bruner
-- From "Parents and students to pray at football game" by Lauren Delgado, Media General News Service, Dothan Eagle 9/1/11
Word quickly got around to parents and other students [about the change ending prayer]. Two parents, Sarah Wade and Michelle Parris Bruner, created a Facebook event page titled, “Keep prayer at our school events!!!!” On this page, the mothers call on the community to attend this Friday’s game and say the Lord’s Prayer out loud after the Pledge of Allegiance.
At this time, the Jackson County School Board has no official position on the events at Marianna High.
“There’s a fine line I think from the federal government,” said Larry Moore, the district’s deputy superintendent.
Jimmy Parris, the sales manager at Rahal Miller Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and grandfather of Brooke Bruner, teamed up with some other local businesspeople to take out an ad in Friday’s Jackson County Floridan advertising the prayer event. Parris was disturbed at how a minority can trump a majority.
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