Headline RoundupSeptember 7th, 2023

High School Football Coach Resigns, Claiming Retaliation for Praying on Field

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, assistant football coach Joe Kennedy resigned from his position at Bremerton High School in Washington state, claiming retaliation for praying on the field after football games.

Key Details: Kennedy resigned after only one game into the high school's football season after being reinstated. Kennedy had been suspended and later fired in 2015 for praying on the field. Following a lawsuit against the school, the Supreme Court affirmed his right to bend a knee in silent prayer after football games last year.

Key Quote: In a resignation letter, Kennedy said, “It is apparent that the reinstatement ordered by the Supreme Court will not be fully followed after a series of actions meant to diminish my role and single me out in what I can only believe is retaliation by the school district.”

How the Media Covered it: Both left- and right-rated sources noted that Kennedy recently indicated that he might not stick around on the job for long.

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