Students Defend Teacher Disciplined for Calling Islam ‘Ideology of War’

Washington, DC

After backlash following a report by KHOU 11 News on a Texas high school teacher calling Islam an “ideology of war,” students worry the teacher has resigned.

Breitbart News earlier reported about the school district disciplining the teacher after it learned he had passed out a pamphlet in his class describing Islam as an “ideology of war.”

Students and community members have come to the teacher’s defense. A petition with more than one thousand signatures has circulated calling for the school to bring back the teacher.

Peyton Green, a student who is a senior at the Texas high school, was in the class last semester. She said he used the same handout then, but there was no backlash or scrutiny from any students or administration.

“In that one semester that I was in his class, I learned so much more than I have in my four years of high school,” said Peyton Green.

Mike Rockwood, the Executive Director of Community Relations for the school district, told Breitbart News, “We’re disappointed to learn one teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn’t follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans. As soon as this issue was brought to our attention, the administration addressed the situation with the teacher.”

Rockwood added, “Ensuring our students have access to factual information, given in the proper context, is a priority in our District. Arbitrary curriculum decisions, which are clearly outside of the guidelines, won’t be tolerated.”

However, Rockwood would neither confirm nor deny that the teacher has resigned.