Lumpkin County Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye now says a prayer at school lasted more than six hours.
Moye said that the prayer began when one student at Lumpkin High School asked the weightlifting coach to pray with him before school started on Wednesday morning.
Word of the spiritual opportunity spread; Moye said that more than 50 students and four faculty members got involved. The prayer began around 7:30 a.m. and lasted into afternoon, causing students to miss class, the superintendent said.
Garrett Gray, a 10th grader at Lumpkin County High School, said that between 12 and 15 fellow students turned their lives over to Christ during the prayer.
"This has got to be the most amazing thing, the most powerful thing that I've ever felt in my life," said Gray.
Gray said that the emotion during the extended prayer was indescribable.
"There were like 10 to 15 people dropped right there. It was just the most amazing thing I've ever seen -- just dropped on their knees. They got saved. Everybody was praying. Everybody was crying, and that went on until about 1:30," Gray said.
Moye said that he has caught some heat for not disciplining the 50-plus students or four faculty members involved.
"If this were to occur again, there would be consequences for the employees. At this point in time, we're not going to have any consequences for any employee or any student," Moye said.
Some of the students who prayed are members here at Dahlonega Baptist Church.
"There were some students that are a part of our youth ministry that were a part of leading some of those other students to faith, and we're just really proud of them for being a part of that movement," said Dennis Tinsley, a youth pastor at Dahlonega Baptist Church.
Gray said that he has no regrets.
"I would do it again tomorrow," Gray said.
Moye said that he's gotten reaction from as far away as North Carolina. He says the calls and e-mails have been split for and against school prayer. He said that his district will follow federal law when it comes to school prayer.