Parents Fear For Safety Following Suit Against Bossier Parish Schools
The seven parents in Bossier Parish who filed suit against the school district want to remain anonymous during the legal proceedings. In a request filed on March 1st, the parents say they fear for the safety of themselves and their children.
The group is suing the Bossier Parish School District for allegedly forcing unwanted and unconstitutional religious messages on their children.According to the legal documents, countless social media posts were made after news of the lawsuit broke that threatened violence against the families and all non believers.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is assisting the families with their case. Some of the major complaints from lawsuit are accusations that the children were being called out by teachers for not being Christian or regularly attending church and that administrators and teachers were forcing Christian prayer and activities on the students.
In Webster Parish, the Cole family (with help from the ACLU) filed suit against Webster schools for similar accusations. The Coles say they have been regularly harassed by the community for their beliefs and suit.
On the other other side of this suit, Bossier Parish schools have announced that they would be changing some of their policies and training staff as to be fully compliant with the law. Students in Bossier are flexing their individual right to pray and have organized a group called Protect Prayer. They will be holding an event/student rally on March 22nd.