OH football coach under fire for leading players in prayer
POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 4:10pm
MIDDLETON, OH (NBC/WLWT) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken action against an Ohio high school football coach accusing him of violating the first amendment by endorsing and promoting religion.
Middletown coach Chris Wells is accused of crossing the line and not the one on the field.
A complaint filed with the freedom from religion foundation alleges Wells:
"Tells students to bow their heads and leads them in prayer."
"Has been encouraging players to attend his church during football practice."
And "encourages players to be 'saved.'"
Football parents say Wells is outspoken about his faith but never forced players to pray.
Nevertheless, School Superintendent Sam Ison says he did take the complaint seriously.
"He's had kids ask if they could give prayer and he's said yes, bow our heads and they do it and so he now knows, we've talked about that, that's not going to be done," Ison said.
Although the unnamed complainant alleges Wells violated the first amendment both Ison and Joseph say Wells was likely just trying to build character and someone took it the wrong way.