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Mom Banned From Praying at Concord High School

Liza Urena believes that she is protecting the school from violence through prayer.

Concord High School. Credit: Tony Schinella
Concord High School. Credit: Tony Schinella

The woman that has been praying on the steps of the Christa McAuliffe auditorium at Concord High School is now being told she won’t be able to pray there anymore, according to WMUR-TV.

Liza Urena began praying on the steps two years ago after her children were being bullied at the school and she wasn’t happy with the administration’s response to the bullying. She did so with the approval of school officials, according to published reports, and believed that her prayers were preventing violence from occurring at the school. 

But after an article was published featuring Urena praying on the steps, a freedom from religion organization from Wisconsin complained to school administrators and Urena was banned from the steps.

Urena was praying at the school during a reported gun threat at the school in late April that turned out to be a false allegation, video Patch posted from the scene, exhorting God for mercy and peace at the school.

“I believe that no tragedy took place because of the mercy of God,” she noted a day later in an email.

Urena later said that she was thankful that administrators allowed her to pray at school each day.

“As the kids walk by, they hear the word of God,” she said. “It is all done for the glory of Jehovah God of Israel.”

Former state Rep. David Bates, R-Windham, is reportedly helping her explore a potential lawsuit against the district. School administrators are not commenting about the case, according to reports.

JPF36 August 08, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Why would the School District listen to what an out of state organization has to say??? This decision is PATHETIC
Laura Guimont August 08, 2013 at 10:56 AM
JPF36 - I am curious. Would you feel the same way if she was wearing a burqa and preaching from the Koran? Or if she was a meditating Buddhist? Or if she was a practicing Wiccan casting silent protection spells? I'm not slamming you, I am just curious if you are defending Christianity or ALL forms of religious expression.
JPF36 August 08, 2013 at 11:03 AM
I am concerned that our Schools are being run by out of state groups. Why can't the Elected Officials of the Concord School Board stand up to these antagonist's and do what's right for a change.
Keith F Thompson August 08, 2013 at 12:07 PM
JPF36. The out of state group ploy is a distraction. The US Constitution applies all over the country, and the school district, a government entity, must not "establish" a religion. This woman is free to practice her religion, but she may not on school property. "Out of state groups" fought segregation in the South. If it weren't for those "antagonists" stirring up trouble, things may not have changed in the South at all.
Keith F Thompson August 08, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Deletec the extra copies of my comments. No idea how that happened.
JPF36 August 08, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Keith, Just like your mentioning Segregation is a PLOY to distract from the story at hand. Why don't you try and keep on topic??? Just another Pathetic response from the Left Wing Nut Jobs.
Tom Brady August 09, 2013 at 02:50 PM
It all so patetic.

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