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Your Views: Schools were safer when prayer was still allowed in classrooms
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When I was a boy in my lower grades at Candler Elementary School on Candler Road, we said our blessing before leaving our classroom going to lunch. Every so often, these people would come to the school in the lunchroom, and Bible verses we learned we would be able to say and be rewarded with a book marker or sometimes a little Bible testament.

When I got to higher grades at a different school, all this was gone and replaced with a word of silence at ballgames. All of this was changed because somebody didn’t believe in God or that there ever was one.

When public prayer in schools went out the door, anything was welcome and came into the schools. On April 20, 1999, in Columbine, Colo., Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold took the lives of 12 students and one teacher with 21 injuries before taking their own lives. This was the deadliest mass murder committed on an American high school campus.

Now Chestatee High School in Hall County holds prayers for the football team, with the coaches, players and cheerleaders making banners with Bible verses on them. An atheist organization from Washington, D.C., is threatening legal action over religious activities. This country was founded upon “in God we trust,” and it’s our right as Americans to freedom of speech. This team wasn’t doing anything wrong. They were praying; that is a God-given right for anyone to do. These young students and staff were having that desire to pray.

God help anybody that makes any kind of effort to even try to stop what this school is doing, because you will give a account to an almighty God and you will see that he is real. I would like to see every school in Hall County, county and city, do this with their teams. It’s your God-given right!

Bobby P. Jones

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