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.