October 18, 2012
Virginia Elementary School Teacher Charged With Assault After Injuring Student While Teaching "Islamic Hand Signs"
Instead of the scheduled reading and math classes, the teacher spend two days indoctrinating the children with "Islamic hand signs." When one little girl was having trouble, the frustrated teacher twisted the girl's arm, which was cut against a metal wire on a folder.
From The Blaze:
An elementary school teacher in Chesapeake, Va. has been charged with simple assault after a parent claimed her daughter’s hand was cut open as a result of the teacher yanking her arm aggressively while trying to teach students an “Islamic hand sign.” [...]
When Bennett’s daughter was unable to do the Islamic hand sign correctly after two days of instruction, Harris became frustrated and attempted to twist the girl’s fingers to make the Islamic gesture meaning “power and strength.” The way Bennett described it, it sounds like an upside A-OK hand gesture. It is unclear exactly which “Islamic hand sign” was being promoted as the source information comes from children.
“When she didn’t get it right, [Harris] went over and yanked her hand out of her desk and my daughter’s hand got hung up on the metal wire on her file folder and the skin got caught on it,” the mother explained, her voice cracking with emotion. “The other children saw my daughter’s hand dripping with blood after the teacher had gotten so mad that she went to twist my daughter’s hand into an Islamic sign.”
The school involved is Butts Road Intermediate School. Contact information is at the link. Just remember, if you decide to voice your concerns, keep it civil.
If you have children in public schools, you better talk to them. Apparently, none of the parents of these children knew what was happening until this little girl was injured. Find out what teachers are teaching your children.
As for the hand signs, I have to admit I am not familiar with any. I did find THIS Youtube video about Islamic hand signs. The sign in the article is described as an upside down A-OK gesture, which would be similar to the "insha'allah" sign.