Religious Discrimination Has No Place in the Classroom

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From Scott and Sharon Lane, parents of C.C.:

Like any parents, we were deeply concerned when our son C.C. began getting sick to his stomach on the way to school each morning.

At first, we thought he had fallen ill. But we soon found out a far more disturbing truth—that our son, a Buddhist of Thai descent, was afraid to go to school because his teacher was chastising him in front of his peers for his Buddhist faith.

As we dug deeper, we discovered that our son’s sixth-grade curriculum at Negreet High included extreme religious indoctrination. The school itself was covered in religious icons. Christian prayer was incorporated into nearly every school event. And our son’s teacher routinely preached her biblical beliefs to students and tested the children on their piety with exam questions such as this one: "ISN'T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

When our son failed to answer religious questions like this correctly (the answer was “LORD”), his teacher mocked him for his beliefs.

And when we brought our concerns to the school superintendent, expecting compassion for our son’s treatment, we found none. She informed us that we live in the “Bible belt” and suggested that we transfer our son to another district school 25 miles away where, she claimed, there were "more Asians."

No child should be subjected to the type of humiliation that our son has endured. The Department of Justice has the power to end this unlawful religious discrimination at schools in Sabine Parish and set an example for the rest of Louisiana— but we have to make sure they take the case.

Please join us in calling on the Department of Justice to launch an immediate investigation into this unlawful religious discrimination so that no other child has to go through the harassment that our son has endured.

Attorney General Eric Holder:

No child should be the victim of religious discrimination in our nation's schools. Please launch an immediate investigation into unlawful religious discrimination in Sabine Parish public schools.

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