BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School System released a second statement regarding its September 20 ‘Day of Hope’ event, which received backlash on social media from commenters who claimed the event was religious in nature.

The school system’s initial statement can be found here.

EBR School’s second statement was released Tuesday, September 27, shortly after BRProud’s Zach Labbe reported on one parent’s efforts to organize a lawsuit against EBR Schools.

The comment can be found below.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System aims to provide an inclusive, safe, supportive environment where students can express themselves without fear of unfair treatment. Bullying of any kind is not tolerated.

The School System agreed to work with 29:11 Academy for the purpose of providing a College and Career Day with supporting activities to EBR high school seniors. The event was held on September 20, 2022.

District leadership was unaware of any religious aspects of this event. District leadership did not approve any deviation from the planned schedule. The School System has received complaints following the event. The School System is taking these community concerns seriously and conducting appropriate follow up.

Our focus will continue to be student-centric as we review processes and work to enrich the lives of our students.

East Baton Rouge Parish School System