WTF? Student Sues Over Texas High School's "Nazi Day," Says He Was Injured Portraying a Jew

Categories: Courts, Education

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One weird tradition.
A former Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was injured while portraying a Jew during a Panhandle school's traditional day of Nazi role play.

Perryton High -- located just south of the Oklahoma border -- has an annual "Red Ribbon Day" in which half the students portray Jews in the Nazi era and are forced to obey any commands by students or teachers and be subjected to random discipline, the suit says.

The students playing Jews wear red ribbons.

"[Red ribbon students] 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 suit, filed in federal court by Andrew Yara, 19. "Engaging in this exercise was compulsory, with it constituting 60 percent of a major test grade for students in their World History Class, and any student who did not do everything they were told were receive a failing grade."

Yara says he weighed 100 pounds and was forced to carry a 170-pound student around. He has suffered back injuries and other medical conditions, according to the suit.

Students portraying Jews were also ordered by teachers to stand against a hallway wall until one of the Nazi-playing students needed them for something, the suit says.

It seeks unspecified monetary damages and attorney's fees.

We've called the Perryton ISD superintendent but haven't heard back; we'll update when we do.

Ochiltree County, where Perryton is located, appears to be short on actual Jews, by the way.


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10 comments
P C
P C

So did some actually fact check this story at all? Did it actually happen?

Grand Dad Crunk
Grand Dad Crunk

The re-enactment of the most vile period in recent history, for what reason?  Being that it sounds like it wasn't even historically accurate, what did the administrators think the end result was supposed to be?

David Houston
David Houston

This manure has more than a touch of Philip Zimbardo about it.  If Zimbardo and a team of Psychiatrists couldn't get it to work without people being abused and injured then Texas' High Schools are unlikely to get it right.  What next, compulsory experience life under the Soviet Gulag?

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

PERRYTON? Seriously, Perryton? I'm surprised that town even HAS a high school. /Panhandle Okie

JB
JB

Why weren't they wearing yellow stars?  Fucking revisionist history.  

Jim C
Jim C

Anyone still believe in local control of education?

Make Sense
Make Sense

Why are you surprised a town with 8,000+ people has a high school?

Edstile3
Edstile3

 Absolutely.  There are going to be idiots at all levels, only a few million less of them at the local level than at the Federal.  Thanks for asking.

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