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Parents file lawsuit against teachers for luring their children into religious cult

By Mason White 4:34 PM May 27, 2014
Avon High School 

By: Anika Rao
Several parents filed a lawsuit against teachers after they allegedly lured their children into a religious cult that praises martyrdom, according to court documents filed in Connecticut.

According to the lawsuit, at least two women were left speaking a strange new language.

The incident began when three sisters, who were attending the Avon High School, were indoctrinated without the knowledge or consent of their parents. Two of the girls, now 22 and 19 years old, experienced sudden and severe personality changes.

The cult praises martyrdom and celebrates death, causing the older sisters experience suicidal ideation and fantasies of martyrdom. The parents said that three teachers and a counselor were predators, who acted on behalf of the cult.

The two older daughters have cut off communication with the rest of their family and friends, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and changes in school policy.