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Investigation opened after Newton football coach baptizes player

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NEWTON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Mississippi high school is facing controversy after word got out that a football coach baptized one of his players.

The Newton High Tigers are having a great season on the field but, according to WTOK in Meridian, some people are upset after hearing the coach baptized one of his players.

In a letter from the Freedom Religion Foundation, the group says that Coach Ryan Smith organized and performed a baptism with the rest of the team present.

The group says this is illegal and have opened a full investigation.

The Superintendent's office tells WTOK that it's looking into the situation and released a statement saying, "The baptism of a Newton Municipal School District student did not occur on school property and did not occur during school hours or during any organized school activity, thus the district feels this is a private matter of choice for that student. Any additional Newton Municipal School District students that attended the baptism did so on their own voluntary act and decision."

WTOK says that many have given their opinions on the situation and opinions greatly vary. 

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