Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he believes there's a place for prayer in public schools.
The Republican says he's not prepared to take any legal action to push the issue. But he believes it should be possible for schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day.
The Hattiesburg American reported Bryant made his remarks to about 300 high school students at American Legion Boys State. He elaborated a short time later in comments to reporters.
Bryant also told the students that one of the best ways to combat teenage pregnancy is to talk about it. He says it's best to wait until marriage to have children, and fathers should not abandon their sons and daughters.