SALEM, Utah – Parents at Salem Junior High School were shocked to discover their children were making propaganda posters for ISIS, but it wasn’t by choice.
It was a classroom assignment.
According to the teacher’s handout, students were to read several supposed reasons why “young Muslims join ISIS.”
Among them, “3. Purpose for living. Living with the hope for a good job in the future is a luxury that not many Muslim young men can realize these days especially in Europe. ISIS offers young Muslims what they see as a large enough purpose for living and for dying. Some Muslims in Europe feel marginalized and do not experience a place of belongingness (sic) in the countries of their residence. When they go to Iraq and Syria they get accepted as brothers and sisters who are warriors and heroes,” according to snapshots of the assignment published by KSL.
Students were then instructed to “create a propaganda poster for one of the terrorist organizations we have discussed. It should be neat, colored, professional etc. Information has been included to help you better understood (sic) what groups like ISIS want and why.”
One student, Mikalia, took to the internet and searched, “how to recruit for ISIS,” before her mother discovered what she was up to, Fox 13 reports.
She added, “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.”
After a number of parents complained, the school district pulled back on the assignment.
“We’re grateful when parents have a concern, that they will call the school and let the principal know immediately,” Lana Hiskey, a spokeswoman for Utah’s Nebo School District, tells CBS 2. “There were just over 60 students involved in this assignment and we’ve had four phone calls or communication with parents that had concerns.”
Of the first-year teacher, Hiskey said, “She was just very enthusiastic and wanted students to understand that propaganda is not good,” adding the assignment was not approved.
“When I found out she kept it, I told her rip it up,” Langston said.