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High School Football Coach Fired After Holding Baptism for 20 Players

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A high school football coach in Georgia was fired from coaching after holding a baptism for 20 players on school grounds.

The superintendent stated that the decision to remove the coach from coaching wasn’t related to the baptism, but was based on an incident that occurred while traveling after a football game.

“Based on the outcome of an investigation into an incident that occurred Friday night, Nov. 3 while traveling after the football game, the District decided that it would seek a Head football coach that aligned with the best interests of the students,” the district stated. (Trending: Jury Reaches Verdict In Paul Pelosi Hammer Case)

“As to any other allegations, the District does not comment during ongoing investigations,” the statement added.

An investigation into the baptism is ongoing, initiated after a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FRF).

“We write to request that the District investigate this situation and ensure that this school-sponsored religious coercion ends immediately,” FRF attorney Chris Line wrote.

“All coaches and staff should be instructed regarding their obligations as public school employees.”

“The district must refrain from infusing its football program with religion, and Coach Ferrell cannot be allowed to preach to student-athletes or allow a local pastor to preach to and baptize students,” he added.

The foundation claimed the coach was committing a constitutional violation and requested the district to ensure school-sponsored religious coercion ends.

The incident sparked both supportive and critical comments on social media.

“I was extremely proud of him because he made the decision on his own. I didn’t have to hold his hand, and he did it because he wanted to,” one mother said of her son.

“It was so sweet because you see the boys and they looked like they wanted it,” she added.

“You know, like everyone looked excited, from the ones I was able to see. So was cheering thank you, God. Yes, yes, yes. I was all for it.”

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