The couple in Florida sued a Catholic school where their children once attended, adopting the school’s “culture of awakening” to break their $ 1.35 million pledge, and moving away from basic Catholicism to “make their way.” lost. ”
Anthony and Barbara Scarpo announced their commitment to the Academy of Holy Names in Tama in 2017, which was attended by their two daughters. There’s the Bay Times reported. They asked that the money be spent on the school’s master plan and on providing scholarships to low-income students.
Four years later, the 45-gigabyte lawsuit accuses the school of fraud and prioritizes “termination of pregnancy among sexual identification, human sexuality and other button issues” rather than Catholic teaching. The Scarpoles were also dissatisfied with the school’s handling of racial issues, and the students felt guilty for being white and said they had the money to send them to the academy.
By 2018, the couple had pledged $ 240,000 and raised more than $ 9 million for the school. Their relationship with the school is deep, the report said. They were renamed the academy’s fundraising fireplace chairs, and the school’s auditorium was renamed the Scarpo Family Theater.
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The lawsuit demands that they return the money they donated and transfer the study of their choice to Catholic charities of their choice, the Times writes.
Their lawyer, Adam Levine, said his clients want the school back to its original roots.
“It’s about being a voice for deaf people,” he said. “It’s about not keeping a promise … It doesn’t ask the courts to intervene in a religious matter, but it’s a simple breach of contract. If you’re looking for Catholic education, then you should get it.”
For comment by Acesparks, the academy called the allegations “false and baseless.”
“We will continue to pray for everything involved, and if necessary, we will defend ourselves in court,” said school spokeswoman Emily Wise.
Acesparks contacted Levin, but there was no word on that.
In a letter sent by Acesparks to academy attorney Gregory Hirin from Levin, the lawsuit is an advertisement based on “negligent” claims. The hearing said the school could file a counterclaim to get the rest of the bail, and Florida law may require them to help.
“We cannot determine that there is any motivation behind the lawsuit other than your desire to attract the attention of your customers and create a brand,” Heath’s letter reads. “The court had to distract the court on extreme religious issues in order to examine whether the subjects taught in the Catholic school were in line with Catholic teachings, thereby violating the founding clause of the U.S. Constitution. ”
“It makes no sense for us to inform you about this,” he added.
The academy serves 970 students from kindergarten to eighth grade and high school for all girls. Tuition and fees range from $ 14,650 for preschoolers to $ 22,450 for high school students.
Scarpos claims the school has renounced core Catholicism and angered many tenants.
“Continuing to teach your twisted version of social and racial justice, equality, inclusiveness, sexuality, and today’s politically correct story has spread like a scent throughout the halls of the Academy and allowed it to soak into the minds of our children, which led to stress, “anger, guilt and confusion,” Scarpo writes in a letter to the school with his eldest daughter graduating from school, the Times writes.
“You’ve always tried to get what you can by asking for the money we’ve earned for our hard work, but as rent and students ask you, through your imaginary, ultra-advanced world, dozens, if not hundreds, of conservative families and you stood firm as you dragged the teachers. You stop, slow down. “
The couple’s other daughter moved to another school.
The lawsuit cites another letter sent by then-academy president Art Raimo and school board chairman Ernie Garatiks to set up a committee on justice, equality, diversity and inclusion.
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It said, “Rejecting the racism and hatred reflected in the deaths of Ahmoud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor … it’s awkward to talk to us, we have to learn from them, reconcile and grow.”
He also said, “The social doctrine of the Church and the concepts associated with this doctrine must be at the center of what guides our work as a community. The well-being of all – staff and students – requires the removal of any superstitious barriers., Discrimination and oppression, if we all strive to realize our full potential as unique and complete human beings. “
The letter from Scarpolar Raimo and Garatiks does not acknowledge that non-diverse white students were harmed by believing that they and their families were personally responsible for the historical harm (s) that some members of our society visited other members. our society. “
Wisdom said the school curriculum is “based on Catholic values and strict academic standards and has always been so.” He added: “The sisters of the holy names of Jesus and Mary, the founder of the school, are dedicated to the all-round development of man through education, social justice, contemplation and art.”