A school district in California has banned the depiction of all religious figures after a parent became offended at an assignment for students to draw the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Superintendent Brent Woodard announced his decision on Wednesday after consulting with an Islamic expert to determine whether or not the assignment was disrespectful to the Islamic religion.
I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depiction of any religious leader,” Woodard told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and in fact was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures.”
According to reports, students in the 7th grade history class of High Desert School were given a vocabulary worksheet called “Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam,” which included words like Quran, Mecca, Bedouins and Muhammad and included space for students to draw pictures related to the vocabulary words. The assignment was not part of any textbook or state curriculum, but was supplemental material.
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