- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state high school football coach placed on leave because he refused to stop praying on the field attended his team’s game and prayed in front of the bleachers.

Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy hugged players before the Thursday game and watched from the stands, kneeling down to pray with a group of people who shouted “Amen” when he finished.

District officials put Kennedy on leave Wednesday because they did not want to be seen as endorsing religion.

Satanic Temple of Seattle members clad in black robes, who cheered the decision to put the coach on leave, also went to the game to support teachers and students who invited them.

There were a few tense moments as some students reportedly yelled for them to leave and threw liquid at them.

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