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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