Parents Of Texas Junior High Students Upset About Islamic Presentation  

(May 31, 2008)–Parents of some junior high students in Friendswood are upset they weren’t notified in advance about a school presentation on Islamic culture.School officials acknowledge that the oversight violated district policy.


The parents’ launched a letter-writing campaign stemming from a May 22 presentation at Friendswood Junior High where two Muslim women gave a 30-minute presentation about Islamic life.

It was part of the school’s yearlong study of respect, tolerance and culture.

The guest speakers discussed Muslim culture, including topics such as food, religion, dress, beliefs and famous Muslims.

School district spokeswoman Karolyn Gephart says principal Robin Lowe had good intentions, but Gephart acknowledges that not informing parents beforehand was a mistake.

District policy states parents are to be informed about the purpose and content of presentations so that they can keep their children out if they think the material might be offensive or inappropriate.

Kim Leago, who has a son who is an eight-grader at the school, said she’s still upset he was exposed to a presentation she called inappropriate.

The exact number of parents who objected or wrote letters wasn’t known.

Friendswood is a town of about 35,000 between Houston and Galveston on the Gulf Coast.



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