All around the world, from Seoul to Seattle, millions of students will gather at their schools’ flagpoles next Wednesday, Sept. 25, to pray for their schools, their friends, their leaders, and for their country at the annual See You at the Pole™ prayer gathering.
The First Amendment guarantees students the right to pray on school grounds. During any non-instructional time—before or after school, in between classes, during the lunch hour, or on the playing field—students may express their opinions verbally or in writing. Prayer is a form of speech and, therefore, during non-instructional time, students have the constitutional right to pray individually or in groups.
Students are not required to ask permission from the school administration to pray at the pole, but it is courteous and may preclude confrontations on the day of the event. Read and print off Liberty Counsel’s See You at the Pole™ legal guidelines, and give Liberty Counsel a call should someone object. On the day of the event, remember the goal is prayer, not confrontation. Take the prayer off campus, such as the sidewalk in front of school, and pray! Afterwards, call Liberty Counsel to address the situation.
“Liberty Counsel will provide education and, if necessary, legal representation to make sure that youth all over America will be able to gather at the annual See You at the Pole™ event,” says Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“Revival preceded the American Revolution,” Staver says. “America was birthed in prayer. America will be sustained in prayer.”