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Moves to limit traditional prayers in public school-sponsored events are not new, nor are they limited to Anderson County. A neighboring county experienced an incident similar to the ban on the football coaching staff praying with the team.
Just before the Shelby County High School graduation in 2006, a graduating student, who was not of the Christian faith, protested the use of an invocation during the Shelby County High School graduation ceremony. Even though the prayer was student-led, those complaining about its use argued it was not appropriate for a school-sponsored event.
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