Controversial Assignment Reactions Prompt Augusta Co. Schools to ClosePosted: Updated:
Augusta County schools closed their doors Thursday and canceled all sports and activities for the day.
All the county’s schools are closed Friday, December 18, too. Meanwhile, all school sports and activities scheduled for the weekend are also canceled.
It all stems from a world geography class assignment at Riverheads High School that some parents called Islamic indoctrination.
The directions read, "This should give you an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.” The assignment incorporated Arabic calligraphy, but also included an Islamic proclamation of faith.
That prompted a community meeting and a lot of anger. That anger apparently coming not just from central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, but from outside areas too.
The school system says it's received so many phone calls and e-mails following that controversial assignment that they felt they had to close the schools as a precautionary measure.
Officials say that the assignment will use a different, non-religious phrase in the future.
Investigators tell NBC29 that Sheriff Randy Fisher has been in constant communication with Superintendent Eric Bond.
The school system says there is no specific threat to students or the schools. School leaders say this simply the recommendation of the sheriff's office.