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Kindergartner told not to pray: 5-year-old's teacher said praying is 'not good'

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A kindergartner was told not to pray and said that a teacher told her that praying was "not allowed." The 5-year-old girl was spoken to after she bowed her head to pray before eating her lunch. On April 1, Yahoo! News reported that the parents of the young girl are getting their story heard and the media is frantic over the incident that occurred at the Carillion Elementary in Oviedo, Fla.

"'My lunch teacher told me that, when I was about to say something, she said, 'You’re not allowed to pray.' According to her account the girl continued the conversation with the teacher saying, 'It’s good to pray.' And she just said, 'It’s not good'" (via Yahoo! News).

The kindergartner told not to pray didn't understand why she was told reprimanded for saying grace before her meal. Principal Jones said that children do have the right to pray at school and does not condone a teacher telling a student otherwise.

As far as a lawsuit goes, the Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas contacted the child's family and offered to represent them. They learned of the story after the child's father posted a video on YouTube which depicted his daughter talking about the incident. The lawsuit requests an apology and a "better investigation" into the matter according to CBS12.

Is there something wrong with a kindergartner praying? Do you think the teacher who told the child not to pray should be fired?

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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