27 Jun In-the-News Update [Issue: Basic Freedoms]
A high school football coach was placed on administrative leave and banned from participating in football programming after he was seen praying on a football field. The public school district punished the coach for praying on the field in view of students. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the coach. They went on to claim the school district violated his freedom of speech and freedom of practicing religion. The coach, a Marine veteran, had started a tradition of kneeling and praying after the ending of games on his own. He was later accompanied by a small number of students after football games. It was deemed unconstitutional that the coach’s actions were discriminated against by the school district. The constitution protects the rights of Americans to freely express their religious beliefs in the public eye without fear of repercussion. The coach looks forward to returning to his team and continuing to express his rights.