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Christian school officials accused of trying to “exorcise” a gay student

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Former students who attended a Christian school in Saskatchewan, Canada have alleged widespread abuse, including at least one violent anti-gay “exorcism.” After a 12-month investigation, Canadian police turned their findings over to Crown prosecutors in April to consider possible charges.

The 18 students, many of whom attended the Christian Centre Academy in Saskatoon between 1995 and 2010, filed criminal abuse complaints alleging frequent paddlings, coercion, traumatizing rituals, and solitary confinement, according to CBC News. Corporal punishment was outlawed by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004.

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One former student, Coy Nolin, describes a particularly disturbing “exorcism” mean to cast out “gay demons.” Nolin claims he was suspended from the Christian Centre Academy in May 2004 after the school’s director was informed that he was gay. According to Nolin, the director had interrogated the then-16-year-old for several hours calling him “evil” and “an abomination.”

Days later, four school and Saskatoon Christian Centre church officials visited the Nolin home and performed an abusive ritual with Nolin’s mother Carilyn present. They put their hands on the student, yelling, grunting, and speaking in tongues.

Nolin says the school’s director also beat him with a […]

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