Students Cheer over Fla. Prayer Verdict

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A rain-soaked crowd praised God outside a Florida courthouse Thursday after a school principal and an athletic director were found not guilty of contempt of court for praying at a fundraiser with private donors for the Pace High School athletic program.

Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman were cleared of charges that they purposely violated a court injunction banning prayer by school teachers and leaders.

Lay asked Freeman to bless the food at the fundraiser, and Freeman said it was just a natural thing to do and he didn't know he was violating a court order.
When the men appeared in court, they were met by cheering crowds who stayed outside all day despite the rain, praying for them and showing their support.
The crowds included many Pace High School students who think the ban on prayer isn't right.

"Because this is more than just our principal," one student said. "He's a good man and he's standing up for Christ, and this isn't just Pace High School students standing up for our principal, we're standing up for what we believe in because taking Christ out of school isn't what we want."

Even a large number of congressmen lead by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., spoke out in favor of the two men.

Check back at after 4 p.m. EDT fore more on the outcome of this case.

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