Ethan A. Huff,
May 23, 2012
A former student at Perryton High School in Perryton, Texas, has filed a lawsuit against the school’s district for injuries he allegedly suffered during a teacher-mandated reenactment of the Holocaust. According to the suit, Andrew Yara, now 19, suffered a partially dislocated hip, dehydration, and a series of seizures after being forced to carry around several heavy student on his back as part of the bizarre education experiment.
For a number of years now, Perryton High School has observed a two-day remembrance of the Holocaust known as “Red Ribbon Day,” during which time students taking a world history class are taught the grim details of this sobering scourge on human history. But part of this educational experience includes dividing students up into groups of “Nazis” and “Jews,” and forcing the “Jews” to withstand numerous forms of abuse from the “Nazis.”
“(The Jews) must do everything school faculty or other students tell them to, including picking up other students’ trash, being taken outside and sprayed with water hoses, bear-crawling across the hot track, carrying other students’ books, and even carrying other students,” says the complaint. “[A]ny student who did not do everything they were told were [sic] receive a failing grade.
Yara, who was one of the “Jews” forced to wear a red ribbon, subsequently became injured after a student who allegedly weighed nearly double Yara’s own weight jumped on Yara’s back and asked Yara to carry him around in between a class period. Yara says he was forced to carry three different students around during this passing period, and at one point had two students jump on his back at the same time.
When the second student jumped on Yara’s back, Yara allegedly fell backwards and sustained numerous injuries to his body that sent “shocking, burning” pain down both of his legs from his pelvis. Yara says he suffered continued pain throughout the day in his lower back and legs, and later had to undergo expensive medical treatment. He also later passed out at work and had to be rushed to the emergency room.
Yara and his parents say the school showed “deliberate indifference” to Yara’s constitutional rights throughout “Red Ribbon Week,” and they are seeking damages for violations of Yara’s right to bodily integrity under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. They also cited Yara’s right to be free from excessive force under the Fourth Amendment as part of the suit, which is also asking the school district to cover the costs associated with Yara’s medical bills.
You can read the full details of the lawsuit here:
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This article was posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:46 am