Bill would reaffirm NC students’ right to pray

A bill that would reaffirm the right to pray for North Carolina students is moving through the Senate.

Senator Ralph Hise introduced the legislation Thursday after an incident in McDowell County where a student was not allowed to read a poem about prayer.

“The student and her family were told by the teachers and administrators at the school that she was required to remove that portion from her poem if she was going to continue to read it,” Hise said.

Hise says the measure is aimed to clear up confusion about what is allowed in classrooms regarding prayer.

“This act is an attempt to clarify statewide that students do have the right to express their religious affiliations.”

The girl’s poem described her grandfather praying to God for safe return home from war.