A 17-year-old girl from Webster Parish, Louisiana is suing her school for “unconstitutional indoctrination of students.” Kaylee Cole identifies as agnostic and she along with her mother Christi and attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the school system on December 18.
They are alleging that there was “systematic official promotion of religion” at Webster Parish schools and that they were in violation of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution. “Virtually all school events — such as sports games, pep rallies, assemblies, and graduation ceremonies –include school-sponsored Christian prayer, religious messages and/or proselytizing,” the suit states.
Kaylee, who is a senior at Lakeside Junior-Senior High School was also not a fan of some of her teacher’s classroom art which read: “Want Change? Pray.” The class daily objectives listed on the wall included: “Love God,” “Worship God,” “Read the Bible.”
“For somebody like me, and some of the friends I know … it does feel like a church,” Cole told CNN. Kaylee’s school has already removed the recital of The Lord’s Prayer from its daily routine.
Christy Cole identifies as Christian, but wants the school to be more tolerant of opposing views on religion. “I really hope that the harm, the damage that comes from these years of indoctrination, we can start reversing that in the future generations,” Christy tells CNN.
The school board responded by asking for the courts to dismiss the suit. “(We) PRAY that this Answer be deemed good and sufficient,” the said, pettily.
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