School Administrator Allegedly Told Student She Couldn't Pray Before Meals

| by Dominic Kelly

A New Mexico father called out administrators at his daughter’s high school because she claimed that the district’s superintendent wouldn’t allow her to pray before her meal.

Patrick Ashe of Mora, New Mexico, says that his family is Catholic and that he has taught his children the importance of praying before their meals. One day, his daughter, who is a sophomore in high school, came home to tell him that the superintendent wouldn’t allow her to pray before she ate.

“[She] came home from school and she said, ‘Dad I have something to tell you. Today for lunch right before I was going to eat, I bowed my head to pray, and the superintendent came up to me and said I couldn’t do that,’” Ashe said to KOAT News. “I asked her if she was praying out loud and she said, ‘No, I was praying to myself, I wasn't even speaking.’”

Despite the claims, Mora Independent School District Superintendent Dora Romero says that she never told the student to stop praying.

The school has said they are investigating the alleged incident.

“I just ask she could pray before a meal, before a test, or if she's struggling with anything at school,” said Ashe. “I just want her to be able to pray at her own will.”

Sources: CBS Las Vegas, KOAT