Teachers Douse Atheist Colleague With Holy Water

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From TheGrio.com:

We’re used to students harassing each other, but this might take the communion cake: two public high school teachers in Pompano Beach have been accused of sprinkling holy water on a colleague after she confessed herself an atheist.

Leslie Rainer and Djuna Robinson, both 20-year veterans at their alma mater Blanche Ely, have been reassigned as the school district investigates the incident as a religious bullying.

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Ely’s student, Toni Calloway, told wsvn.com that Schandra Rodriguez’s class was having a discussion on religion during third period on March 11 when the two overheard Rodriguez tell the class she does not believe in God.

“Ms. Rainer, she was trying to tell [Ms. Rodriguez] not to say that she doesn’t believe in God in front of students, like don’t talk about religion in front of the kids,” Calloway recalled.

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That’s when, according to the teachers’ attorney Johnny McCray, a student piped up and said, “We should sprinkle her with some holy water.”

Rodriguez reported that her fellow teachers did just that; McCray admits Rainer produced what he described as a bottle of perfume, but said her actions were “in jest.”

“There was no attempts to douse, nor faking as though I am going to douse,” he said. “Nothing whatsoever.”

The district declined further comment but indicated that if the investigation confirms Rodriguez’s account, the two accused may find themselves in unemployment purgatory.

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