The Augusta County school district in the state of Virginia closed down today (December 18, 2015) after receiving a flood of angry emails and phone messages over an Arabic calligraphy lesson that involved writing a Muslim statement of faith, the Voice of America News website reports.
The angry comments were centered on a school assignment at a Riverheads High School social studies class that involved practicing calligraphy and writing a statement in Arabic professing the Muslim faith. The statement translates to: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."
The students in the class were also invited to try on a hijab, or Islamic headscarf.
Several parents have demanded that the class teacher, Cheryl LaPorte, be fired. LaPorte has declined to comment.