East Baton Rouge school event met with heavy criticism from students, parents; teacher calls it ‘unethical’

BATON ROUGE- The permission slip for what East Baton Rouge Schools called ‘The Day of Hope’ billed it as a free college fair for high school seniors with games and special guests.

Some students had fun. Others like Colton Bryant did not.

“This was supposed to be a college fair but the girls were talked to about abstinence, bullying and death, and the guys played games,” Bryant said.

According to Colton, teachers who wanted to remain anonymous and social media posts, boys and girls were separated by gender. A teacher says the girls were told to be proper and practice abstinence.

The boys reportedly did not get the same treatment, instead we were told they did push up competitions.

One student on Facebook called it a horrible experience and that it was not advertised to be a religious event. It’s something the Vice President of EBR School Board Dawn Chanet Collins says is a problem.

“There is a separation of church and state, and it seems like those lines may have been crossed,” Collins said.

Collins says the speakers may have been well intentioned, but the school system did not let parents know these specific topics would be brought up, and the issues were handled well enough.

“I feel like the ball was dropped on how to approach these important topics and issues,” Collins said.

WBRZ tried Wednesday morning to get an interview with East Baton Rouge Schools about the event, but nobody was made available to take questions.

The school system then tried to distance itself