Teacher accused of giving students Anti-Muslim handouts

An 8-page handout about radical Islam practices was allegedly given to students by a teacher at a school in Richmond.

FORT BEND COUNTY - When the bell rings, kids flood out of Foster High School in Richmond with their lessons from the day.

But what one teacher is accused of sending home recently, had some parents raising the alarm.

It's an eight-page handout titled: "Islam/Radical Islam (Did You Know)" and the material was not approved by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.

"I understand why there would be a problem with that," said Foster High School parent Leo Conde.

The handout does not list any sources, but claims things like: "38% of Muslims believe people that leave the faith should be executed" and that: "There are an estimated 190-300 million 'radical Islam' followers."

The handout talks about Sharia Law, terrorism, jihad, even beheadings and "If taken hostage by radical Islamists, what to do."

One of the students in the classroom was Muslim. Her parents contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who complained to the school.

CAIR's Houston director told KHOU 11 News that the Foster HS principal confirmed what the teacher handed out, and said that he is not happy about it.

"I could see it being offensive. It wasn't right," said Foster HS student Sonica Onyewuenyi.

A Lamar ISD spokesman released the following statement to KHOU 11 News: "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."

"I don't think it should have been passed out. I think we should just let people do their religion thing," said Foster HS grandmother Janie Pena.

"I would prefer to not have anything brought to the kids that was not approved by the school board -- good bad or indifferent -- and we need to be fair to everyone," said Luana Schramme, whose kids graduated from Foster.

The District added that the teacher will face "appropriate disciplinary measures."


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