Students at an Alabama high school have defied the threat of legal action by reciting the ‘Our Father’ prayer before a football game at their school.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had issued a warning to Opelika City Schools Board of Education in Alabama that the Our Father prayer could not be played on loudspeakers or recited before the match by coaches as it would be be breach of the First Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court.

Students however defied the imposition of a moments silence that was to replace the prayer, and instead prayed from the stands:

FFRF’s pre-match statement to the school read:   “It is illegal for a public school to sponsor religious messages at school athletic events and for public school coaches to lead their teams in prayer. The Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public school athletic events, even when student led.”

Accepting the Supreme Court decision, Opelika High School had said that coaches would obey the law. At this point it is unknown whether FFRF will pursue legal action against the school or students.