Michigan school district pulls video from the family circle, after critics claimed it promoted prayer

The #HarperStrong movement supported the daughter of Lake City High School coach Kyle Smith.


A Michigan district decided to pull in a video of a family of a high school football team’s Facebook page Friday after pressure from activists who claimed that the images promoted prayer.

Lake City High School football posted the video in August, to demonstrate to students, athletes, and other members of the community gathering in what they called a family circle, in support of head coach Kyle Smith, whose 4-year-old daughter Harper is fighting an intestinal illness of two months, according to 9 & 10 News.

However, the Michigan Association of Civil rights Activists took issue with the school posting the video because they claimed it promoted religious prayer.

The school has announced that she would delete the video after talking with a lawyer, to the station. The school hoped to avoid a costly legal battle.

The activist group, supports the school’s decision.

“The bottom line is that it is the property of the school and the school has a responsibility to treat it just like any other school property, and that means that it is to remain free of religion,” the group’s co-founder, told 9 & 10 News.

Jennifer Smith, Lake City, a member of the community, said she was frustrated about the decision, but added to the controversy only made the #HarperStrong movement stronger.

“Everything they have done for us is the increase of the financing, the fundraising, and there are schools down in Jennison that now carries #harperstrong on their football helmets,” Smith said.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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