The Brandon High School band won’t be able to perform their halftime show Friday night due to a federal court order.
According to a statement sent to WJTV by the Rankin County School District, the band’s halftime performance included the religious hymn “How Great Thou Art.”
We’re told the federal court order was issued by Judge Carlton Reeves.
School officials tell us that the order states the following:
“Defendants are permanently enjoined from including prayer, religious sermons or activities in any school sponsored event including but not limited to assemblies, graduations, award ceremonies, athletic events and any other school event. That means administrators, teachers and staff of the Rankin County School District may not participate in any religious activity, or solicit or encourage religious activities at school or while performing duties as a RCSD employee.”