Oklahoma Public School Teacher Prayed Aloud In School During Tornado

Rhonda Crosswhite

Plaza Towers Elementary School math teacher Rhonda Crosswhite

When Plaza Towers Elementary School fell in the path of the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, sixth grade math teacher Rhonda Crosswhite shielded her students with her body and prayers. Draping herself “across six students inside a Plaza Towers Elementary School bathroom stall,” Crosswhite says she “did the teacher thing that we’re probably not supposed to do. I prayed. And I prayed out loud. I said, ‘God, please don’t take these kids today.’”

Crosswhite’s students were spared in the midst of shocking demolition by the twister.

Plaza Towers Elementary demolished by May 20th tornado.

Before and After: Plaza Towers Elementary demolished by May 20th tornado. View more images at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2328420/Oklahoma-tornado-2013-Shocking-photos-Plaza-Towers-elementary-school.html

Vocal prayer in school has long been a matter of contention, particularly since 1961 when the Supreme Court in Engel v. Vitale ruled that “by using its public school system to encourage recitation of the [New York State Board of] Regents’ prayer, the State of New York has adopted a practice wholly inconsistent with the Establishment Clause.”

“Despite the passage of time, the decision is still unpopular with a majority of Americans,” says Oyez.org.

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