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LCHS fans may recite individual prayers

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Hundreds, maybe even a couple of thousand people, plan to raise their voices reciting The Lord's Prayer before tonight's Lee County High School football game.

 It's a response the cancellation of public prayers over the stadium's public address system. Someone complained after pastors prayed over the PA before two games this season.

The school system realized they can't legally hold that kind of prayer. Now fans say they'll join together to recite the Lord's Prayer. 

There's no doubt Lee County students are excited about their undefeated football team. Hallways were a sea of red and black.

"Stand Up and Get Krunk" and "All I Do is Win" were played in the hallways between classes to fire up students.

"We've been throwing up our hands, we've been celebrating, screaming, music, it's awesome," said LCHS Senior Kyle Wingfield.

Others are fired up about tonight's game for a different reason, the moment of silence that will replace the prayers recently recited over the PA system. A complaint made to Principal Kevin Dowling brought the payers to a halt.

"The complaint was right on, there are four supreme court cases that talk about prayer in schools," he said.

In fact school officials weren't even aware the break from the traditional moment of silence was happening until it was too late.

"I wasn't aware that we were doing it until we were in the middle of it and I said oh no we're doing this," said Dowling.

Jonathan Lyons helped launch the Facebook page to get people to pray during tonight's moment of silence and he hopes those who do have the right spirit about it. "It's not a spirit of rebellion toward the school or towards anybody else, I just hope people use this opportunity to truly give their spirit," he said.

While fans hope the Trojans winning streak continues beyond tonight, Lyons hopes the prayers will too.

"I hope this will continue on and it won't be just this one football game," said Lyons.

Giving everyone something to cheer about.

The school is actually doing a week of caring this week and they're asking all the fans to bring a canned good to donate to the food bank.

Lee County is playing Northside Warner Robins in a battle of unbeaten top ten teams.

 

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