Virginia School district afraid of dissenters

By Faye Higbee

Virginia School District Afraid?

Riverheads High School in Greenville, Virginia, that became the center of controversy over a World Geography assignment, has closed its doors tomorrow out of fear from the reaction of people who responded with anger. All Augusta County schools will be closed tomorrow.

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All Augusta County Schools are closed Dec 18 out of fear

Fear

According to Newsplex,

The school district released a statement:

Augusta County Schools and all administrative offices will be closed Friday, December 17, 2015.

Following parental objections to the World Geography curriculum and ensuing related media coverage, the school division began receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area. As a result of those communications, the Sheriff’s Office and the school division coordinated to increase police presence at Augusta County schools and to monitor those communications. The communications have significantly increased in volume today and based on concerns regarding the tone and content of those communications, Sheriff Fisher and Dr. Bond mutually decided schools and school offices will be closed on Friday, December 18, 2015. While there has been no specific threat of harm to students, schools and school offices will be closed Friday, December 18, 2015. All extra-curricular activities are likewise cancelled for tonight, Thursday, December 17, through the weekend. We regret having to take this action, but we are doing so based on the recommendations of law enforcement and the Augusta County School Board out of an abundance of caution.

Finally, the Augusta County School Board and Dr. Bond appreciate parents bringing concerns directly to our attention, and a constructive and respectful dialogue between school and community is always welcome. As we have emphasized, no lesson was designed to promote a religious viewpoint or change any student’s religious belief. Although students will continue to learn about world religions as required by the state Board of Education and the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning, a different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy will be used in the future.

Yeah, good luck with that.

 Great role models…not

This type of action destroys the student’s view of the First Amendment. If the school shows its fear of dissenting voices, then the students will always be afraid to voice their ideas and thoughts. They will always view dissension as frightening or dangerous and cower from it rather than challenge it or learn from it.

It wasn’t just the “calligraphy” issue, it was the “invitation” for the girls to dress up as Muslims. They also are not learning about ALL religions, only the one the teacher chose…Islam. There is no mention of that part in the school’s statement.