Well Said, Principal McCloud!

21 06 2014

I rarely forward things sent to me via e-mail but every now and then something comes along which I feel is important enough or interesting enough that it warrants sharing. After making the decision to share it, I was thinking of those to whom I could send this story when it occurred to me, I have a blog! I can share it with lots of people. So, I did a little research to confirm, not only the validity but also, the accuracy of the story. It was during my research, I ran across BrentHigh.com. After asking for his permission to post the story on my blog, I saw on his site, Mr. High’s universal invitation (below) to anyone wishing to copy and share his stories, so, I decided to go ahead and post it. I hope you’ll feel free to do likewise. Also, visit BrentHigh.com for more inspiring stories.


KINGSTON, Tenn. – On September 1, 2000 just before the tipoff of the Roane County-Lenoir City High School football game, Roane County High School principal Jody McLoud stepped to the microphone and made the following statement:

“It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games to say a prayer and play the National Anthem to honor God and Country. Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law.

As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle. If someone is offended, that’s OK. I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and call it safe sex. If someone is offended, that’s OK. I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control. If someone is offended, no problem. I can designate a school day as earth day and involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth, and call it ecology.

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple-minded and ignorant and call it enlightenment. However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be at best, inconsistent, and at worst, diabolical. Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone except God and His Commandments.

Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be at best, inconsistent, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,” and refrain from praying at this time. However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank God, and ask Him in the name of Jesus to bless this event, please feel free to do so.

As far as I know, that’s not against the law—-yet.”

After calling to check the validity of this story, I had the pleasure of sharing a conversation with Mr. McLoud. He let me in on “the rest of the story.”

Pastor Joe Wright’s prayer to open the Kansas Senate a couple of years ago was the inspiration that helped give me the courage to do this,” said McLoud, who also serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Kingston. “As a general rule I’m nowhere near what you would call confrontational or eloquent in speech. I wrestled with the decision to make the announcement all the way up to Friday afternoon. I felt like I was being moved to do this. It was kind of eerie.”

After reading the announcement there was applause from both sides and an overwhelming positive response from the estimated crowd of 3,000. Shortly after his announcement, several students gathered at the 50 yard line, armed with their own public address system, and led a prayer.
Pray for public schools all across this country. Pray for Jody McLoud and Roane County High School. As he put it, “Probably the negative part of the storm hasn’t hit yet.”

You can encourage Jody McLoud with your email messages. Send them to mcloudj@k12tn.net

You can encourage him with letters. Send them to:

Roane County High School
c/o Jody McLoud, Principal
540 W. Cumberland St.
Kingston, TN 37763





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