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Muslim Students Given Prayer Room in High School

By Heather Clark, 3/10/2017

FRISCO, Texas — A high school in Texas has made one of its classrooms available for Muslim students to hold Friday or Jummah prayers after some students were leaving campus each week to participate in the prayers.

“[I]t kind of started when a core group of students were leaving campus every Friday for Friday prayer,” Liberty High School Principal Scott Warstler told the school publication Wingspan. “Their parents would come pick them up, so they may miss an hour and a half to two hours to two and a half hours of school every Friday.”

He decided to approach the students and offer space on campus so they wouldn’t miss class traveling elsewhere.

 “So I met with those students and a couple of the parents and suggested, ‘Hey, would you be okay if the students led the prayer here at school as a group?’” Warstler recalled. “And we gave them a space to do that so that they didn’t have to be in a car traveling thirty minutes each way on a Friday missing an hour, [to] an hour and a half, of class.” The students initially used a small conference room at the school, but as the number of participants grew, the prayer room was moved to a classroom.
 
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