A Catholic school in the U.S. has been forced to withdraw from its student-run health and fitness programs after it was revealed that some students who claimed to be Christian were in fact not.
A spokesperson for St. Mary of the Lake, the Catholic boarding school in Pennsylvania, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that some Catholic students were not enrolled in the health and exercise program because they did not meet the standards of the school.
According to the spokesperson, St. Maarten’s students were told that their eligibility would be determined based on their religion.
“If you were in the program, you could participate,” she told the newspaper.
“There was no admission requirement for religious or nonreligious students.
They were given the option of either a Christian faith or a non-Christian faith.”
But after the news of the withdrawal broke, St Mary’s students and parents took to social media to express their anger at the school’s actions.
“My parents told me to do my homework and they’re not going to let me participate in any of the classes,” a student named Ashley told the Post-News.
“I am sick and tired of being lied to and bullied.”
“I’m so tired of these schools and how they treat people of faith and they have to be held accountable for this,” another student named Brittany said.
“This is not the way you treat people.”
As of Thursday, St Maarten had no official statement on the situation.
The Catholic school was forced to pull the program after parents and students expressed outrage over the fact that some of the students who took the course were not registered members of the Catholic church.
The school had not released any information about the reasons for the withdrawal, but some parents told the Associated Press that they were worried about the students’ ability to graduate from the school because of their Christian beliefs.
A school spokesperson told the AP that the school is not going public with the information it has about the program.
The Associated Press is not naming the students because the school said it could not discuss the student’s situation publicly.