Students say they were ‘tricked’ into attending twisted religious events

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The school system in Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge has been accused of tricking hundreds of high school seniors into attending a religious event masquerading as a college and career fair this week.

After the students arrived at the venue, a church called the Living Faces Christian Center, they say they found something quite different from a career fair called “Day of Hope.” Several universities participated in the event, but students said the emphasis seemed to be on something else entirely.

Students were reportedly divided into two groups by gender, forced to register to vote to receive the advertised free food, and speakers shared disturbing stories of rape, suicide, and abstinence. One teacher claimed in a Facebook post that some of her transgender students were bullied by their peers at the event.

Now a group called “Day of Nope” has filed a lawsuit over the episode, asking participants to share their experiences in new ways. website“This was supposed to be a college fair, but the girls talked about abstinence, bullying, and death. And they played games,” one student told ABC affiliate WBRZ. report About the recent backlash to the event.

“Boys were encouraged to act macho, and girls to forgive men who raped or assaulted them.” go fund me For the litigation effort, which raised $75 as of Saturday. “The speaker had the students reenact graphic stories and suicides. The students were found crying in the bathroom.”

“In violation of federal law, lunch was contingent on completing voter registration forms and other election-related materials were distributed to students,” it said, titled “‘Day of Hope’ Strikes Back Against Trauma.” A donation page has been added.

Biology teacher Britney Bryant, who complained about the incident on Facebook, said: My transgender child was discriminated against for going out. “

“I stayed there and listened to the discussion,” Bryant added. “They talked about rape, forgiving the perpetrator for life, suicide, prayer leadership, and many other dark and controversial topics. There was a woman crying in the bathroom because of the topic of discussion.”

Bryant, on the other hand, claims that the boys’ argument was called a “true story” and involved a “male chauvinistic competition for financial reward” involving push-ups. , went wild,” she wrote in a social media post.

A student named Alexis Budyach also posted on Facebook what she called a “terrifying experience” that began with “rap battles and singing contests, harmless fun.”

Her mother, Bonnie Kirsch said advocate I didn’t know that a “college fair” was held at a church. Kirsch told the Baton Rouge newspaper, “She felt cheated into thinking she was going to college and a career fair.”

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After the icebreaker, the male student was asked to leave the room, Budyach said in her post. “But I quickly realized that I would be discriminated against if I went with a boy because of the nature of the program, which was in a church, so I sat down and kept silent.” Afterwards, the girls were all alone, so the host intended to introduce the three women and “lead us on our journey as young queens.”

Budyach said the first speaker was a female pastor who lectured on being true to yourself and not trying to fit in with the crowd. “One of the examples she used for this was how she maintained her virginity in high school and college,” Budyach wrote. She said everyone knew her as a “good Christian girl” and was proud of it.

The second speaker, Budyach, added that he was “in some way involved in the education sector,” and spoke of “how a man he met on a dating app tried to strangle him to death.” The woman is said to have told her students that they kept their romance a secret so no one would know if he had murdered her. “She ultimately used this to make her point that if something needed to be kept secret, it shouldn’t have happened at all,” Budyach wrote.

After this warning about domestic violence, Budyach said. She used this to essentially shame the notion of “dating” and took a soulmate-esque approach to the situation.

“Moreover,” Budyach wrote: Again, there may be valuable messages, but they are lost in traumatic storytelling and religious imagery. “

The third speaker, a nurse with a Ph.D., went on to say, “He described in great detail the morning his son was found dead after he had hanged himself.”

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“She explained that this happened because her son was bullied,” Boudiak claimed. “She used the story to say that people these days are too mean to each other and need to be together. The third time, one day there was no warning or idea that we would find out.” A possibly useful message hidden behind a highly traumatic account of

When both groups of students were called to the venue, a speaker named Donk “told the most fantastic talk imaginable,” said Budyach.

“He started talking about being shot in the stomach when he was 9 and seeing intestines fall into his hands. I don’t know what happened between the ages of 9 and 11.) According to him, one day he was with his grandma who snores very loudly. He was sentenced to life in prison + 90 years on two counts of armed robbery and murder. I showed it on the prop sheets), but somehow he changed his mind and got out of prison.

“At the end of it all, the host forced the audience to make a choice. He said, ‘If you want to eat, pizza is right outside your door. If you want to change, if you want to be better’ We weren’t eating at this point and frankly I was traumatized so I left the building.

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In a statement, the school district appeared to defend an excursion conducted in partnership with 29:11 Mentoring Families, a religious nonprofit organization for at-risk youth. The group’s website states, “We believe that by being inspiring, purposeful, and intimate, we can define our students’ futures and lead them to Jesus Christ, who will change the world.” believe.”)

“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has partnered to provide additional support services to students in our district,” said the school system. day event. The event is designed to help students explore options available to them after high school and allows students to participate in breakout sessions and student-led activities and projects. This event raises the bar on traditional college and career fairs by offering educationally focused and fun activities.

“Students were provided with lunch and a rare opportunity to interact with other high school classmates in the same environment. I look forward to seeing what we will achieve in the future.”

One Facebook video from August 31 promotes the event with 29:11 founder Tremaine Sterling. “I am very excited about this partnership,” says Narcisse in the video“Great things await between EBR and 29:11 Academy. ”

“So save the date,” Sterling adds. Thousands come under one roof to grow and get better. “

A student who attended the event, Trey Holliday, said: advocate The college portion of the event included outdoor tents for a small number of schools and programs.

“It felt more like a spiritual event than a career or college fair,” he said.

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