Youth pastor, not coach, led prayers on field after player injury, school officials say after complaint

After a serious football injury during a game in September, a local youth pastor led a prayer with players from Central and East Ridge High School.

As an ambulance carried away the injured player who could not feel his legs, many in the stands, coaches and officials also bowed their heads in respect.

This incident prompted the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that works to protect the separation of church and state, to file a complaint last week against Hamilton County Schools, as the law prohibits school employees from leading or participating in prayer with students.

A Facebook video of the prayer has been viewed more than 25,000 times.