A teacher from Texas who allegedly handed out anti-Muslim propaganda documents to students at the Foster High School in Richmond is set to face disciplinary action after parents and students alike expressed outrage.
The eight-page document, entitled “Islam/Radical Islam (Did You Know),” which had not been approved for distribution by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, made some strong allegations against Muslims and offended some people.
As a parent of one of the kids, Leo Conde said, “I understand why there would be a problem with that.”
While the document is thin on the ground when it comes to mentioning sources, it makes claims such as, “38 percent of Muslims believe people that leave the faith should be executed” and that, “There are an estimated 190-300 million ‘radical Islam’ followers.”
The document goes on to condemn Sharia Law, terrorism, jihad, and beheadings, adding, “If taken hostage by radical Islamists, what to do.”
While only one of the students in the class was actually Muslim, that student’s parents took the document to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which made an official complaint to the school.
A Lamar spokesman told reporters,
“We’re disappointed to learn one teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn’t follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans. As soon as this issue was brought to our attention, the administration addressed the situation with the teacher. Ensuring our students have access to factual information, given in the proper context, is a priority in our District. Arbitrary curriculum decisions, which are clearly outside of the guidelines, won’t be tolerated.”
Meanwhile, Janie Pena, a grandmother of one of the students from Foster, told the press, “I don’t think it should have been passed out. I think we should just let people do their religion thing.”
It remains to be seen what will happen in terms of disciplinary action against the offending teacher from the Foster High School.
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