BARNEGAT – The father of a second-grader in the Cecil S. Collins School was alarmed to see references to hijabs and thawbs – clothing worn by religious Muslims – and a quote from the Quran included in a health and hygiene worksheet given to his daughter.
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The worksheet included instruction about cleanliness and neatness not just of shoes and clothing but of a student’s hijab and thawb, an ankle-length robe-like garment worn by Muslim men, according to pictures sent to the Asbury Park Press by Barnegat father Chris Sharpe.
The sheet also included a reference to a Quran quote that read “Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.”
The father of a Barnegat second grader said this worksheet was handed out for health class. (Photo: Courtesy of Chris Sharpe)
At first, Sharpe said he feared the school was indoctrinating his daughter. Other parents were equally alarmed, he said.
“Everybody was up in arms,” Sharpe said.
On Wednesday morning, Sharpe said Barnegat school officials apologized to parents and explained that it was a simple mistake of a teacher quickly downloading health worksheets online and not carefully reviewing their content.
Superintendent Karen Wood said Wednesday afternoon that she was not immediately prepared to make a statement on the matter. Sharpe said the teacher who distributed the worksheet wasn’t his daughter’s regular instructor.
Sharpe said he was satisfied with the explanation and the school’s professional management of what started as a contentious situation.
“Obviously you would hope that they were review everything a little bit more, but it happens,” he said. “I’m very happy to chalk it up as one of those things that just sort of happened.”
A Barnegat father said this health worksheet, referencing cleanliness of clothes as well as hijabs and thawbs, or clothing worn by some Muslims, was handed to his second-grader at the Cecil S. Collins School in Barnegat. (Photo: Courtesy of Chris Shapre.)
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Source: The Asbury Park Press