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Parent claims children's civil rights were violated

September 15, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

A parent is suing a Methodist school in Butler and others contending that the school violated her two children's civil rights while they were enrolled there from 2017 to 2019.

The lawsuit was filed Sept. 9 against Butler Wesleyan Academy on Protzman Road in federal court by a person identified only as Gail S., the parent of the two students. The lawsuit also names several defendants connected to the private school.

The lawsuit claims that during the school years of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, teachers and students on several occasions told Gail's two children that they hated them, asked them if they were Black, told them they didn't belong there and called them “Black trash,” according to the suit. The two children are identified in the lawsuit as being of East Indian and Jewish ancestry.

The school couldn't be reached for comment and it does not have a listed lawyer, according to court documents.

Read more in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.