5 Coach, school district square off in federal court

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June 12, 2017

Kitsap SunJune 12, 2017

Kennedy, a former assistant football coach for Bremerton School District, claims his rights to free speech and religious expression were violated when the district in September 2015 prohibited him from praying after games on the 50-yard line.

Kennedy initially abided by the prayer ban, but later defied it.

The district said Kennedy had violated its policy upholding the separation of church and state. He was placed on paid leave and his contract was not renewed in 2016.

Kennedy sued the district to regain his job and the right to pray on the field after games.

Attorneys on both sides of the case presented oral arguments Monday before a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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