LEPANTO, Ark. (KTHV) -- In northeast Arkansas, the East Poinsett County School District (EPC) in Lepanto ended a long-standing game day tradition.
EPC will no longer hold public prayers before any school sponsored events after a resident complained about the practice. The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to EPC superintendent Michael Pearce asking him to end the prayers immediately because the practice violates the First Amendment.
Residents told our partners KAIT in Jonesboro that they are upset and saddened that a tradition they say is important to their community has to come to an end.
"Crime is not solved in the electric chair. Crime is solved in the high-chair. We've got to instill in our children about God, and without God we're nothing," said Timothy Rollins.
"Now that you're taking this out of the schools and off the basketball games, out of the football games, what do you think you're going to come into now?," asked Enlinda Brown.
Area church officials and several others plan to get help from state leaders to find out if there's a way to reverse the decision.
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