Jul 20, 2021 - News
Alumni defend Tampa's Academy of the Holy Names after lawsuit alleges "woke culture"
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More than 430 alumni from Tampa's Academy of the Holy Names and other Catholic academies are pushing back against a lawsuit alleging that the school has "become woke" and strayed from Catholic teaching, per the Tampa Bay Times.

State of play: The alumni signed an open letter that says the practices the lawsuit criticizes are not lapses, but examples of Catholic faith in action.

The big picture: The lawsuit was filed in June by Anthony and Barbara Scarpo, who pledged $1.35 million to the school attended by their two daughters.

  • In a 45-page lawsuit asking that their pledge be rescinded, they claim the school was distancing itself from mainstream Catholicism and embracing a "woke culture" that made students feel guilty for being white and having enough money to attend.
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