A Georgia school district that made headlines after a viral video showed more than a dozen football players being baptized on public school property has said that the event — which unfolded after school hours — violated official policy.
Carroll County School District superintendent Terry Jones said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that the baptism, which featured the involvement of Pastor Kevin Williams of First Baptist Villa Rica in Villa Rica, Georgia, did not follow district protocol.
“The principal’s understanding was that the event was a church sponsored activity that was to be conducted after school and he was not aware of student involvement,” Jonessaid. “From the investigation the school district has concluded that [Villa Rica High School] failed to follow district facility usages procedures for outside groups using school facilities.”
The superintendent said that district officials were not previously aware of the event before it unfolded in August, and that its timing as well as the participation of school personnel would be appropriately dealt with, though he gave no indication of any potential discipline.