Church

A class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston and others alleges "egregious acts" at Bishop England High School, a school the diocese runs.

The Allegations

The suit says for two decades Bishop England students were required to get undressed in school lockers rooms that left them "subject to viewing" through large, glass windows.  The Catholic high school was built on Daniel Island in 1998 after moving from downtown Charleston.

Mother Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston
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Felicia Sanders held her granddaughter so tight, she feared she might suffocate the child on the church floor, as a racist gunman they had welcomed to bible study executed nine fellow parishioners one by one.

Bullet casings scorched her legs.  She watched helplessly as her son Tywanza, just feet away in a pool of blood, took his final breath. 

Sanders and her granddaughter survived the massacred that claimed nine lives that night by playing dead.