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A high school football coach in Tuscon, Airzona says he was fired for letting his players pray.KVOA reports that Gary Weiss said he was instructed to tell his players to stop praying before and after games or he would be fired. He refused to comply with the school’s order and was let go. The school district, however, is saying that student led prayer is permitted, but staff members cannot promote or organize such an activity.
District superintendent Dr. Mary Kamerzell told KVOA, “nothing limits the authority of the school/district to maintain order and discipline on school premises, to protect the well-being of students, and to assure that participation in such an activity is voluntary on the part of student.”
On defense, Weiss said, “no other adult in the freshmen program led the kids in prayer. The prayers of the freshmen team have been recited by Muslim kids, Jewish kids, and Christian kids.”
Students on Twitter stood up for their former coach. Ryan Penny tweeted, “Wow, can’t believe a school would do this. My prayers go out to one of my former coaches, Gary Weiss.”
Another, Cameron Dwan tweeted, “this is pathetic..Gary Weiss is an amazing coach and an even better man, changed my life…foothills dropped the ball on this one.”