Family looking to join growing lawsuit against south Charlotte mega church

- Another family is now looking to join a growing lawsuit against a south Charlotte mega church. 

The families claim in a lawsuit that their children were discriminated against, for perceived or actual disability, and were either pushed out or expelled from the Child Development Center at Calvary Church. 

Some say Calvary Church's reputation is as big as the building itself. 

"She loved it, we loved it. We were thrilled to get her in to Calvary. In the eye's of Charlotte's reputation, a great school," Serena Kelleher explained. 

Kelleher said that changed once her daughter Sofia started pre-school. 

"I would say the first or second week of September, she started getting some serious notes home, saying her behavior wasn't good. She wouldn't stay in her seat, was disruptive, would shout out, things I have never heard before," Kelleher said. 

The legal complaint said Sofia and her parents were harassed by the school because school staff wrongly perceived her as having ADHD. 

"When we told her that this teacher wrongly diagnosed Sofia with ADHD, she said that she was a certified teacher and that if she thinks there's a problem with ADHD, then there's a problem with ADHD," Kelleher said. 

The attorney representing the plaintiffs said the new complaint echoes similar claims from 10 other families. 

"There are instances of discrimination, allegations going back as early as 1989. When we first filed the lawsuit, we did allege that there was a pattern of practice in place of discriminating against disabled children. We never imagined we would have families coming forward from 25 years ago, coming forward with similar stories," Josh Van Kampen, attorney representing the plaintiffs, said. 

The attorney representing Calvary Church sent FOX 46 Charlotte this statement: 

"My clients strongly disagree with the allegations that have been made against them. While I do not think it is appropriate to comment on pending litigation or to try disputes like this in the press. I can state that Calvary Church will vigorously defend themselves against these unfounded allegations through the legal process."

In less than two weeks a judge will decide whether or not to throw out the case, and if the fifth family can join the lawsuit. 

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