Kindergartener says she was not allowed to pray over her lunch

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(STLMoms) – A Florida kindergartener says her teacher told her she was not allowed to pray for her lunch.  Now her parents want answers.

According to Yahoo! News the 5-year-old told her parents that a “lunch teacher” at Carillon Elementary School stopped her when she bowed her head to pray.

He father posted a video of her daughter’s account to YouTube and then contacted the school.

The school says they investigated the incident and was given a different account of what happened.

In a state to WKMG, Michael Lawrence, the communications officer for Seminole County Schools who said, “The situation as stated by the parent has not occurred according to the school’s investigation…We’re dealing with very young children here so there’s quite a bit of an opportunity for miscommunication to occur. The timing and the issues were very odd considering that the first thing that happened was that a video was done, it was on YouTube.”

The Orlando Sentinel also reports that Marcos is “vice president of sales at Charisma House, a Lake Mary-based Christian book publisher. The company is currently promoting the book ‘God Less America: Real Stories from the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values,’ by Fox News host Todd Starnes. Starnes reported on the lunch prayer controversy for Fox News Radio.”


  • zinka

    I think this is wrong , this child has a right to pray , and i believe who ever told her to stop should not be within the school department , kid you are doing the right thing , dont let anyone tell you different , plus we have plenty more things to worry about then who is praying while eating … TEACHERS WORRY ABOUT HOW YOU WILL EDUCATE THESE KIDS NOT HOW YOU PUT A STOP TO SOMETHING THEY LOVE DOING ..SHAME ON YOU

    • M40

      Did you not read the last paragraph of this story?

      There’s only two salient facts here;

      – Kids know the names of their teachers yet this kid CANNOT name which teacher said this?

      – Her father is vice president of sales at Charisma House, a Lake Mary-based Christian book publisher. The company is currently promoting the book “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values,”

      This whole episode is a BLATANT SCAM! Shame on this father for USING his child in this manner.

  • adam adams

    so if the school said there was a different account of what happend, then where is their side of the story?

  • ASHinSTL

    I’m doubtful things happened just as this young girl stated and even more doubtful the actual facts will come to light. That being said, if there is evidence other than video of a coached, 5 year old that points to a teacher stopping a student from quietly praying in a lunchroom, that teacher crossed the line and should be disciplined… but sorry, I need something more than a toddler to convince me that a teacher said “praying is not good”. We need to be mindful of the fact that there was a day, not too long ago, when the religious among us needed nothing more than the ravings of a 5 year old to burn people as witches and would have done the same to me for even having suggested that a 5 year old would, oh I don’t know, make S up!? Or maybe parrot the fanciful nonsense of 2 grown people they are only looking to please and garner the praise of? Children like to make things up and please their parents… why would anyone be surprised when the child of adults who talk about make believe as though it in any way reflected reality utilized make believe to win the praise of parents who are obviously more concerned with what they want to be true than that which there is evidence to suggest is actually true? So here we are, 2 wishful parents and their toddler that has spent her whole life learning that a particular fable is something mom and dad are nutty about… hardly what I would consider an open and shut case. Lest we are still in the era of witch hunts!?

  • chris

    If the parents dont like it send the kid to another school. Religion is bs antway. What are there, like 100 religions? Who cares if the parents are mad

    • M40

      Yes, but remember that MY magical, invisible dude in the sky… is BETTER… than YOUR magical invisible dude in the sky!

      I know this to be true because a book written by uneducated ignoramuses over a thousand years ago tells me so. Surely those ancient unwashed zealots know better than all the silly, over-educated scientists of today, right?

    • M40

      Actually, the story IS complete. The last paragraph tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about the validity of this piece!

  • John Wayne

    Maybe we should talk about if it is wrong to brainwash a young child who cannot think for themselves into believing that Faith aka Anti-Reason is a good thing.

  • Emily

    Matthew 6:5. I’d like to hear the schools account. Seams to me this family just wants attention. Even if this is true it would be one persons mistake. Talk to that person not the news media. Your daughter can pray about anything she needs to. Get over it. She has a few more years in school….way to make them awkward.

  • Joe

    I taught public high school for many, many years. Even had kids pray before the test (didn’t help), nobody ever stopped them. Are you moving towards a religious state? Whose religion?

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