Source: Washington Post
An Ohio teen sat in a lone chair in the middle of his school’s gymnasium last year as his football teammates performed strength and running drills around him. To put an end to the punitive drills, the teen had to do one thing: eat a pepperoni pizza.
The boy, 17 at the time, refused to eat the pizza, citing a tenet of his Hebrew Israelite faith, and kicked away the box, according to a lawsuit the player and his parents filed in federal court last week.
Coaches dismissed his protests and threatened to remove him from his position on the team if he didn’t eat the pizza as instructed, the lawsuit says. He could remove the pieces of pepperoni if he wanted, though the pork residue remained.
At risk of losing his spot on the team and the respect of his teammates, he ate the pizza with its pepperoni remnants, the lawsuit states.
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