SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Sissonville High School has stopped offering a prayer before football games after a national organization told school officials the practice is unconstitutional.
Many students and parents don't agree with the decision.
Principal Ron Reedy said about half of the school's 650 students wore purple on Friday to show their support for the pre-game prayer.
Fans on the Sissonville side recited the Lord's Prayer after the national anthem was played at Friday night's football game.
"No one is suggesting to the students that they cannot pray at their leisure," Reedy told the Charleston Daily Mail. "We are saying as an institution, we can't offer prayer."
Crystal Smith, the mother of two Sissonville students, said the prayers do not promote a particular religion.
"This is who we are. We're not trying to push our beliefs on anybody else," Smith told the newspaper.