- The Washington Times - Friday, September 16, 2016

A New Jersey school district has apologized after second-graders were given an unauthorized worksheet on Allah’s preferences for health and hygiene.

Chris Sharpe said he was shocked to see the handout given to his daughter, a student at Cecil S. Collins School in Barnegat, that read, “Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure,” The Asbury Park Press reported.

The worksheet reportedly included instructions on cleaning a student’s hijab and thawb, a robe-like garment worn by Muslim men.

Mr. Sharpe said he and other parents feared the school was indoctrinating their children.

“Everybody was up in arms,” he told The Press.

Mr. Sharpe said Barnegat school officials apologized to parents Wednesday morning and explained that it was a mistake by a “novice instructor” who hurriedly downloaded the worksheet off the internet and distributed it without carefully reviewing its contents.

“This worksheet — which was neither carefully reviewed by the teacher nor approved by an administrator — contained a religious reference, in clear violation of district policy,” Karen Wood, superintendent of Barnegat Township School District, told Fox News in a statement.

She said the teacher “downloaded a worksheet from the online sharing site Pinterest and utilized it during a lesson.”

“We recognize the significance of this error,” she added. “Our parents have been extremely supportive as we take measures necessary to ensure that this remains an isolated incident.”

Mr. Sharpe said he accepted the explanation.

“Obviously you would hope that they were review everything a little bit more, but it happens,” he told The Press. “I’m very happy to chalk it up as one of those things that just sort of happened.”

Parent Rob Russo, however, said “zero accountability” is simply unacceptable.

He told Fox News, “While I understand that mistakes happen, I am seriously disappointed to learn that a 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 and chose to promote what seems to be their own agenda.”

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