The Shore of the lake Junior/Senior High School in Sibley, La. The parents of the pupil Kaylee Cole, who attends the school, claims and others in the district are the promotion of Christianity in conflict with the Constitution..
A Louisiana parent complains her daughter’s school district, namely the violation of the Constitution by “promoting and inculcating Christian religious beliefs.”
The lawsuit was filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the federal district court in Louisiana. These documents more than 30 alleged incidents at Webster Parish School District, facilities in northwest Louisiana.
“So engrained is official promotion of religion in Webster Parish schools almost all school events such as sports games, pep rallies, meetings, graduations are school-sponsored Christian prayer, religious messages and/or to repent,” the lawsuit stated.
“Graduation ceremonies are often held in houses of worship, and sometimes they seem to be on religious rituals that are Bible verses and Christian prayers,” it added.
The suit also says that the older Christy Cole, identified by the ACLU as a Christian, who believes her daughter Kaylee, who agonistic, “should be able to go to a public school without exposure to government-sponsored religious practices and messages and without harassment for their religious beliefs.”
The Webster Parish school board, the director, Johnny Rowland and Denny Finley, the principal of Lakeside Junior/Senior High — where Kaylee is enrolled as a junior — are listed in the suit as co-defendants.
“We haven’t even seen a copy of the lawsuit, so we have no idea of what was yet to come,” Finley said when reached by Fox News, referring to Rowland to answer questions about.
The district has no comment when reached by Fox News.
The lawsuit wants the district to cease the alleged acts. It also seeks attorneys ‘ fees and the “compensatory damages in an amount to be determined” in the course of the plaintiffs ‘ mental and emotional distress.
“The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits public schools from proselytizing, sponsoring prayer, or otherwise promoting religion,” the lawsuit stated. “When the public schools in these unconstitutional activities, they harm school children by threatening them in religious practices and subjecting them to unwelcome indoctrination and religious messages; they harm the parents by usurping their right to control the religious upbringing of their children.”
Among the other accusations, there is a claim of the required attendance at performances of a Christian rapper. Also Kaylee is said to have seen a teacher grab a boy’s shirt and push him in the corridor for not standing during a Christian prayer, and an elementary school teacher allegedly slammed a Bible down on the desk, and implicitly to students that it should be taken literally.
The school board policy on prayer in schools permits officials to provide an opportunity for prayer or meditation at the beginning of the day if they choose to do this, WAFB reports. She adds that the students are not required to participate in any religious activities in schools or sponsored by the schools.
“Webster Parish School District is dedicated to providing a world-class education to prepare our pupils make a positive contribution to the ever-changing global community”, according to a vision on the board’s website. “Our education system will nurture creativity, collaboration, communication, problem solving and critical thinking in ALL of our students to help them college – and career -eady.”