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ACLU accuses La. school of religious harassment

  • Associated Press
  • January 22, 2014 - 6:25 PM

SHREVEPORT, La. — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Louisiana school board, alleging officials at one of its public schools harassed a sixth-grader because of his Buddhist faith and that the district routinely endorses and encourages such unconstitutional practices.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of Scott and Sharon Lane and their three children.

According to the complaint, the Lanes enrolled their son in Negreet High School and he quickly became the target of harassment by school staff. Their son is a lifelong Buddhist of Thai descent.

Superintendent Sara Ebarb was unavailable Wednesday for comment. She also was named in the lawsuit.

The ACLU and ACLU of Louisiana also asked the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the school system.

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