According to information posted on Piedmont High Schools facebook page pre-game prayer will no longer take place at football games held at the Field of Champions, at least for the time being.
According to Piedmont High School Principal Dr. Adam Clemons, back on March 20, Piedmont City School District received a letter from an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison, Wisconsin, stating that an unnamed local resident reported that the school system was violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by allowing a prayer to be said over the public address system at home football games.
The letter cited several case laws in which federal district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school-sponsored prayer at public school events.
Abington Twp. Sch. Dist. v. Schempp, Engel v. Vitale, Lee v. Weisman, Wallace v. Jaffree, Santa Fe Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Doe, and Chandler v. Siegelman were all cases cited in the letter.
While the personal opinions of the administration and employees of the system may differ with the opinions of the Court and the author of the letter sent to the system, the school system’s attorneys advised that they consent since there is established case law regarding this issue.
While it is not confirmed, it is assumed that other schools have not received similar letters.