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Lumpkin County community shows support for student-led prayer at school

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The Georgia high school that ignited a national conversation on school prayer is now getting the community involved.

A six-hour, student-led prayer at Lumpkin County High School last Wednesday raised some eyebrows and sparked national conversation on school prayer.

It began when an athlete asked a coach to pray with him before school started. That spontaneous prayer ended at 1:30 p.m. and included more than 50 students and four faculty members. Some students missed class to take part in the prayer.

Lumpkin County Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye decided not to punish anyone involved.

The owners of PR Threadworks tell FOX 5 that parents and students just wanted to do more and show support for those who prayed, so the shop printed up a t-shirt called "Lumpkin County Strong."

"It's a wonderful thing. Given where the world is today, I think that everybody needs a lot of hope and I think if it took one child to find the Lord and that leads others to the Lord, I think that's a great blessing," shop owner Andrea Lee said.

The Rev. Larry Henry is the senior pastor at Dahlonega Church of God. He said that he also supports the students and wants to see the nation reverse its position on prayer in schools.

"The answer I believe to the social recovery is prayer. It was taken out in 1963, if we have good leadership it can be put back in," Henry said.

The print shop says its phones have been ringing off the hook. Two business owners called on Tuesday to make anonymous donations so that every student who wants one can get a T-shirt.

"We need to listen to our kids today. The world isn't what it was 20 years ago or 30 or 40 years ago," Lee said.

A Facebook page getting the word out about the t-shirts has been created and PR Threadworks said they will print an even larger order of shirts on Wednesday.

The Anti-Defamation League sent out information on Tuesday saying that group prayer during school hours is unconstitutional. They also point out that teachers should not be involved in prayer under any circumstances.

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