Students in ninth grade at Salem Junior High School in Salem, Utah, were given a homework assignment where they were told to draw Islamic State propaganda posters.
Students were also asked to type the words “how to recruit for ISIS” into Google as part of the assignment, KSTU-TV reported.
After parents complained, the assignment was canceled. However, many students had already completed it, leaving some parents concerned about what they had been exposed to in the process.
Annie Langston couldn’t believe her 14-year-old daughter Mikalia was given the assignment.
“My initial response was, ‘there’s no way you’re going to do this assignment,’” Langston said she told her daughter. The mother then wrote a letter to her child’s teacher and the school principal, asking what the reason was for the assignment.
Langston thinks it’s an inappropriate topic for her teenager to explore while the world remains on high alert after recent threats from the deadly terrorist organization.
“In light of what happened in Paris, is that the reason for this assignment? I feel a different assignment or report could’ve been chosen or a discussion in class about the tragic events,” Langston said.
The teacher called Langston to apologize and informed her the assignment had been canceled. But some students had already finished it, and Langston now wonders what exactly they were exposed to while completing it.
The principal also called Langston and told her school officials had sat down with the teacher and that the issue had been “taken care of.” Assignments that were already turned in were later shredded, Langston said the principal told her.
Mikhail never turned in her poster, and she brought it home to show her mother.
“When I found out she kept it, I told her rip it up,” Langston said.
The assignment was given by a first year teacher, but Annie Langston doesn’t want to see anything bad happen to her. She believes it was an honest mistake and in every other respect, this is a good teacher for her daughter.
Meanwhile, seventh graders at a California middle school were ordered to learn and sing a song praising Islam.