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Students Learn About Bullied Boy Named 'Osama' on 9/11

Todd Starnes · Sep. 14, 2018

While most Americans were commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a group of boys and girls at Glen Meadow Middle School was learning about a bullied Muslim boy named Osama.

Marine veteran Ed O'Rourke tells the New Jersey Herald that he found out by accident about the lesson in his daughter’s sixth-grade social studies class.

“I thought it was a joke,” he told the newspaper. “I couldn’t believe it.”

The short story, “My Name is Osama,” was first published by the National Council for the Social Studies. The lesson is intended to teach children about bullying and tolerance.

According to Education World, the fictionalized story is about an Iraqi boy named Osama whose family moves to the United States and endures bullying after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

There were no lessons that day on the Islamic radicals who waged jihad on our nation. There were no lessons about the heroes of that day. There were no stories about the Navy SEALs who took out the real Osama.

Talk about tone-deaf.

“It would be like, on a day about the Holocaust, doing a made-up lesson about a boy named Adolf being bullied by Jewish kids and saying we shouldn’t blame all Germans — or don’t pick on the poor kid named Adolf on the Jewish holidays,” O'Rourke told the newspaper.

Mr. O'Rourke met with school district leaders to discuss his issues with the lesson, and surprisingly they were just as concerned as he was.

“They couldn’t have been better as far as letting me vent, and agreed that the time couldn’t have been more horrific,” he told the newspaper. “They said they were unaware the teacher was planning to do this and that it fell through the cracks.”

I reached out to the school superintendent to find out if the lesson was a part of the approved curriculum. He did not return my message.

Mr. O'Rourke said he knew many firefighters and police officers who lost family members in the terrorist attacks on that day so many years ago. But he says society is not blaming all Muslims for the actions of the radicals.

“But there’s also an ideology of people that causes some people to want to kill us and to not respect women’s rights, and that should be taught as well,” he said. “Instead this teacher was able to influence an entire class with a tainted story made up to show Muslims as victims.”

This is what propaganda looks like, folks. Many of our public schools have been turned into indoctrination centers for the Left — whitewashing American history.

And in the process, these left-wing propagandists disguised as public school teachers are poisoning the minds of our children right under our noses. And to rub salt in our wounds, they’re using our tax dollars to fund their nefarious schemes.

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