A student-led Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) assembly at Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia during school hours last week has some students protesting.
Huntington High School has over 1,000 students and is being accused of violating the constitutional rights of some students who were accidentally forced to attend the Christian event.
The event was organized by the student’s FCA chapter and featured Nik Walker from Nik Walker Ministries. Walker is a traveling evangelist who says that he is “dedicated to bringing the fullness of God’s spirit to the body of Christ.”
“My vision as a minister, whether in a church or a school, is to bring hope to a generation. So many things have been taken from our young people and the people of West Virginia, and it creates hopelessness,” Walker told WCHS Eyewitness News. “In our meetings, people are given hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ. To see the profound changes that take place in the hearts of so many young people who attend the meetings is worth it all.”
That same week, Walker preached at a voluntary Spring Valley High School assembly and rejoiced on Facebook that 55 students put their trust in Jesus.
“This was an amazing finish to a week of revival in the Huntington area. 202 students were saved this week in voluntary club meetings between 4 area schools! At Christ Temple, a total of 396 baptisms have taken place in 8 services! A Jesus revival is here for this generation,” Walker wrote.
Some Students Said They Were Forced to Attend
Huntington High School’s assembly was student-led and took place during a class break period, a time set aside for students to study for tests, work on college preparation, or attend assemblies.
Jedd Flowers, a Cabell County School’s spokesman, said that the FCA event was voluntary and required students to sign up to attend. Two teachers didn’t realize it was voluntary and took their entire homeroom classes to hear Walker speak.
Walker backed up Flowers’ statement, sharing that he never reaches out to schools to speak and is always contacted by the students.
One of those students was 16-year-old Cameron Mays, who was confused when those in the room were instructed to bow their heads and close their eyes while Walker asked if any of them would like to give their lives over to Jesus.
Walker told the students if they didn’t follow the Bible that they’d go to hell when they died. That is when Mays texted his father, “Is this legal?”