Northeast Mississippi teenagers walk to Jackson advocating for prayer in schools

PONTOTOC – Between people honking their car horns, and waving and stopping to ask if they had broken down, Christina Chunn is pretty sure she and her friends brought plenty of attention to the issue of prayer in public schools.
Chunn, a Pontotoc resident, along with her friends, Krevious Crudup and Megan Jones, and two adult chaperones walked 200 miles from the court square in Pontotoc to the state’s capital.
Chunn was displeased with what she was hearing about prayer in the national news. She was disappointed that President Obama had chosen to recognize the National Day of Prayer with a written proclamation rather than with a ceremony.
She’d often prayed with fellow students at South Pontotoc High School at student-led events like “See You at the Pole,” but she felt prayer had been unfairly removed from school life.
Over the years various Supreme Court and lower court decisions have restricted organized prayer in public school, among them was a 1996 case in which a woman sued the Pontotoc County School System.
Chunn, a member of The Lighthouse Church in Pontotoc, decided to take action. She followed the example of some other South Pontotoc students who had organized a walk for a fellow student who had cancer.
On the morning of May 27 she and her friends headed south, hoofing it toward Jackson. They did it honestly, trekking down Highway 9, then cutting over to Highway 25.
It took them six days.
When they arrived they were greeted by Lt. Governer Phil Bryant.
Chunn believes she and her friends accomplished what they set out to do. “Our nation was founded upon God,” she said. “He’s the one that gave us this nation.”

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