The mother of a former Bellwood Elementary School student last week defended her decision to contact the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia after a physical education teacher allegedly violated her daughter's civil rights.

During an interview last week, Amy Warner said she had overlooked prior incidents at the Chesterfield school, but could stay silent no longer once she was told about the teacher's actions.

Warner claims that on May 30, her daughter – then a fifth-grade student at Bellwood – informed her physical education teacher that she was fasting in observance of Ramadan, a month-long holiday during which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset.

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