Read More Atheist Republic High School students in a Louisiana school district were hoaxed into attending a religious event. Students were told they would attend a college and career fair but were surprised to arrive at a church.
School administrators told students at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System that they would attend a career fair called “Day of Hope.”
Instead of meeting colleges and companies for a possible career, students were sent to a church called Living Faith Christian Center.
The students were then segregated by male and female, disregarding an individual’s gender identity, and were forced to register to get free food.
According to the Daily Beast, speakers at the event shared “disturbing stories of rape, suicide, and abstinence.”
The East Baton Rouge school system in Louisiana is accused of tricking hundreds of students into attending a religious event veiled as a college fair. According to students, boys were encouraged to do ‘macho acts’ while girls were advised to forgive men who rape and assault them.
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Brittney Bryant, a biology teacher who stayed with the students, said that ‘boys were instructed to go outside while the girls were left in the church for ‘girl talk.”
“They talked about rape, forgiving the offender in life, suicide, prayer leadership, and much more dark, controversial topics,” Bryant said.
“We had females in the bathrooms crying due to the topics of discussion,” she added.
Alexis Budyach, a gender-fluid student, took to social media to recount how she* suffered the ordeal. “As a genderfluid person, I don’t identify as either a boy or a girl, so this was a troubling situation for me,” Budyach said.
According to Budyach, the speakers were using extremely traumatizing stories to try and convey possibly valuable messages, including a speaker who recounted the day she found her dead son’s body.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) criticized the school for tricking its students into undergoing a devastating experience.
In a letter addressed to Sito Narcisse, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System superintendent, FFRF accused the school of “egregious abuse of government power to proselytize a captive audience of young.”
The school was called out for knowingly lying to the students through their flyers. “The flier in no way mentioned that 29:11 was a Christian organization,” FFRF claimed. “And it didn’t state that the event was being hosted by a church or give any indication as to what topics would be discussed,” they added.
As a reaction to the traumatizing event paid for by tax dollars, a group called “Day of Nope” is planning to seek legal action. The group encourages students to share their stories to help the group formulate legal action.
The group also set up a GoFundMe account to help fund the litigation process. Please donate here: