Virginia School District Shuts Down After Furious Backlash Against Arabic Homework

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Date: January 2nd, 2016

virginiaVirginia – An entire Virginia school district shut down early for the holidays amid intense backlash against a teacher using an Islamic phrase to teach her students calligraphy.

School officials were concerned about safety after criticism from local parents turned into threats pouring in from around the country.

Cheryl LaPorte, a geography teacher at Riverheads High School in Augusta County, Virginia, gave her students homework on Dec. 11 to teach them about the intricacies of calligraphy.

The phrase was actually from the Shahada, a daily Islamic prayer that translates into “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.”  More

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