A frustrated Stanton, Kentucky mother said she’s at her wit’s end because of how her children have been bullied and harassed by students and teachers for more than two years because they are not Christian.
“I’ve tried to address it with the school for over a year now, and, while the principal at the school is very nice, it just continues to happen,” Estes told local TV station LEX 18.
Estes said the bullying started when students and even teachers at Stanton Elementary noticed her two kids did not attend the “upper room,” a program described by Powell County Schools as a non-denominational, student-led Christian organization that meets every morning before the school day starts.
Estes said from what her ten and eight-year-old children have told her, it is anything but inclusive.
“My children are asked every day, ‘do you believe in God? Why don’t you go?” she said. “He’s been told by teachers things like the Atheists will be eaten by bears.”
Powell County superintendent Michael Tate said Estes’ complaints are not falling on deaf ears and that the school system is looking into the complaints.
On Tuesday, Estes shared her story with a private Facebook group for atheists.
Because of the teacher-led harassment, Estes says her children are perceived by their classmates as outsiders and have had kids slam tables into them.
Estes said that when her son spoke to a teacher about the bullying, the teacher forced him to stand in front of the classroom and explain his beliefs.
“You’re going to have to stand up for yourself if you insist on being different,” said the teacher. “Historians agree that the Bible is the most historically accurate book of all time.”
Watch Estes’ interview with LEX 18, below: