Texas elementary school student given quiz suggesting U.S. to blame for 9/11

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A Texas mother is outraged after her fifth-grade son brought home schoolwork that apparently suggested the United States is to blame for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The quiz, titled “Remembering September 11th, was administered by a Flour Bluff Independent School teacher in Corpus Christi, and it asked, “Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?”

The boy answered the question correctly: “Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere.”

The mother of the boy, Kara Sands, contacted the school’s principal who contacted the producer of the video the quiz was based on, Safari Montage. They both defended the video, but the quiz was changed to be more clear.

“I’m not going to justify radical terrorists by saying we did anything to deserve that; over 3,000 people died,” Sands told KRISTV.

Though the 9/11 quiz was not a part of the CSCOPE curriculum, several parents at Flour Bluff plan on bringing up the controversial program at the next school board meeting later this month. One worksheet on the Bill of Rights, Ms. Sands said, names food and medicine as rights.

“[My son] got marked wrong, because it is, it is our responsibility for shelter, its our responsibility for food for medicine, its not the government’s responsibility,” she said. “When I teach my children that you have to work hard and you have to earn a living and they go to school and learn something different, I absolutely take issue with that.”

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