Friday, November 1, 2013

NW Rankin Student Sues School District

NW Rankin student sues Rankin County School District over religious assemblies.  From the news story on WAPT:

BRANDON, Miss. —School districts in Mississippi are facing a tough fight in order to follow the Constitution, while meeting a public demand for more religion in public schools.
A legal fight is underway in Rankin County, a community with a strong church influence -- an influence at least one student wants to avoid. Magdalene Bedi, 17, is suing the Rankin County School District over the issue.
"We were not told what the assembly was going to be about. I asked a teacher and she said, 'You don't need to know. It will be good for you.' I asked other teachers and they said, 'We're not supposed to tell you. Just go,'" Bedi said.
Bedi said she recorded cellphone video in April of one of four school assemblies at Northwest Rankin High School. In all four assemblies, students talked to classmates about overcoming obstacles through Jesus Christ.
"That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me."

Here is the full report from WAPT, along with video interviews with the student and Richard Morrision, Assistant Superintendent for the School District.  

Co-Plaintiff in the lawsuit is the American Humanist Association.  Here is the statement of belief from said association:  

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

Theism, of course, is the belief in the existence of God or gods.  


Anonymous said...

She was probably encouraged to go because she NEEDED a religious assembly.

Bill Dees said...

When are public school authorities in Mississippi going to learn that they can't promote a brand of religion on school grounds during school hours? What the Rankin County School is doing is WRONG! Religious assemblies are unconstitutional.

msqueenkw said...

"Another allegation in Rankin County claims a Christian minister was given access to the lunchroom at Northshore Elementary School and approached a Muslim child. Classmates were told to pray for her because she was going to hell."

Why would a someone who claims to be a Christian minister approach any child and tell them such a moronic and horrible thing? Why do they even think it is their business to address someone else's child in a public run school. Do these people know anything about the Equal Opportunity Act? I am thinking some Mississipians deserve to have the ignorant, redneck stigma that hangs over this state and wish these people would move to AL where they belong. I wonder how this minister would feel if someone approached his children with such a message and made them a ridicule in their school. How horrible, he should never be allowed on campus again.

Anonymous said...

I know there is a 3rd grader at Northshore whose mother married a Muslim man. This little girl is very outgoing, polite and well mannered. She's also a friend of my daughter's. I hope this "minister" did not say these things to her. She doesn't deserve those ugly words and my heart hurts for her if this happened. I would love to know who the minister is, though. That person's name should be made public if this accusation is true.

Anonymous said...

My daughter attends Northshore as well. She said none of the kids ever cared about what each others religion was until now. I don't know the names of the ministers but she told me they were from Pinelake.
It's pretty sad that instead of teaching kids they have an opportunity to learn about another culture, they chose to teach them that different is wrong. I hope that little girls friends at school are smarter than the adult that taught them to hate her.