Walker County school chief says "number" of Freedom From Religion Foundation allegations are false
Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis and Walker County superintendent of schools Damon Raines, in a news conference Wednesday afternoon, addressed allegations that arose last week from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisc.
“The Walker County Board of Education feels that we are in compliance with all federal and state laws and will continue to monitor and scrutinize areas that are considered questionable,” Raines said.
The FFRF is alleging that coach Mariakis allowed churches to prepare meals and feed the football team, including at least one meal that included preaching; led prays with his team after games; used Bible verses in motivational speeches and on team shirts; and held Christian football camps during summer break. The foundation delivered its first complaint on Aug. 21.
A review of the allegations has been conducted and a response letter is being finalized, to be sent to the FFRF Thursday, Raines said.