Letter to Board of Education


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I am writing to inform you that the deeply held religious beliefs of STUDENT require special consideration such that SCHOOL does not interfere with their First Amendment protection of free exercise of religion.

This student sincerely believes that one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone. Consistent with this, any form of physical punishment, such as corporal punishment, the deprivation of bathroom access, or the use of physical restraints, as well as any kind of psychological torture such as the use of solitary confinement/seclusion in “isolation rooms,” would explicitly violate this student’s religious beliefs and practices.

Therefore, to preserve this student’s civil rights and their right to freely exercise their religion, we respectfully request that you inform all teachers and faculty that they may not engage in any of the aforementioned practices with regards to this student.

While I am confident that you will make sure that these religious practices and beliefs are respected in your school, please be aware that violently interfering with Constitutional rights and liberties is a criminal act that may be prosecuted by the US Department of Justice. In addition, we are prepared to take legal action if civil rights are violated, including, without limitation, filing civil suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C.§1983 against anyone associated with your school district who inflicts these kinds of abusive punishment.

Very truly yours,

Malcolm Jarry