School plays and football games could soon start with a student-led prayer or inspirational message, if a bill making its way through the legislature becomes law.
But some lawmakers are concerned about giving students an open forum at school events.
Supporters see the bill as a way to allow student-led prayers at school events. They say they want students to inspire classmates.
Rep. Charles Van Zant of Palatka said he doesn’t believe students will push religious views on classmates.
“This bill is not intended to advance or to endorse any religion or belief,” Van Zant said.
But Rep. Marty Kiar of Davie worries students might use the chance for unwelcome viewpoints.
“It could allow a student to come in and advocate for drug use. Because those are messages,” he said.
The Anti Defamation League says the bill is unconstitutional and includes elementary school events.
The bill was approved by House committee Monday and must still go before the full House. The Senate has already passed the bill.
The decision to allow student-led prayers would be up to school districts.