(Mad World News) When Sommer Bauer, a Tennessee mother of an eight-year-old, came home to hear her son saying that Mt. Rushmore was racist, she quickly inquired where the child had ever heard of such a notion. As it turns out, her son’s teacher had printed off a pamphlet created by the Nation of Islam, dubbing Mt. Rushmore racist. Bauer’s son had brought the pamphlet home with him, but the teacher later admitted that parents weren’t supposed to know about it.
The incident took place at the Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton, where the pamphlet’s mini-article asks the question, “What does it take to be on Mount Rushmore?” Needless to say, the answers given in the handout left Bauer dumbfounded.
According to Fox News:
The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a “prime breeder of black people.” Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans “ape-like.” There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson (he enslaved 200 Africans) and Abraham Lincoln.
When the mother decided to investigate how this got into the hands of her child and who actually created this un-American nonsense, you can imagine her surprise (or lack thereof) when she was directed to the Nation of Islam homepage by following “the link to a website that was listed on the handout.”
For those unaware, the Nation of Islam believes the only God is Allah, and “They also aren’t all that keen on white folks or Jewish folks,” as Fox News reports.
“It raised a number of red flags,” Sommer relayed. “They are basically saying our Founding Fathers are racists.”
As any parent would do, Sommer called the teacher, thinking the print was an accidental overlook. She says the teacher didn’t get back to her at first. A day later, the teacher finally returned Bauer’s call. Sommer recalls, “At first, she did not recall which paper it was. Later in the day, she found the paper and told me she didn’t like what it said – and said she must have printed it by mistake.”
What really shocked her though was when the teacher said that the students weren’t supposed to take the pamphlets home, which in turn raised even more red flags. When first asked, Superintendent EC Alexander replied by saying, “My goodness, that we would promote bigoted or racist points of view – merciful heavens. I can assure you that is not the case.”
After investigating the issue, Alexander later responded by saying that the handout was never meant for distribution. The teacher was doing a presentation on Mt. Rushmore and had printed out the pamphlet, but decided against it after reading its contents.
The Superintendent then said that the student removed the material from the classroom in an “unauthorized” manner.
Needless to say, the response from the school has left parents and members of the community a little less than satisfied. As Julie West, President of Parents For Truth in Education, relays, “The fact that students were cautioned against allowing their parents to see anything is deeply troubling. The only reasonable explanation is they don’t want parents to know what it is their children are learning.”
There are a few things in question here, the first of which being if the pamphlet was actually distributed to the third grade students. The next is that the teacher explicitly said the pamphlet wasn’t supposed to come home, meaning they specifically didn’t want parents knowing about it for whatever reason.
West concludes, “Whatever the reason it came into the classroom, it’s not okay.”
What are your thoughts on this? How would you react if your child had come home with this only for you to later learn you weren’t supposed to know about it?