A concerned parent from Chesapeake Bay Middle School in Pasadena, Maryland wrote me, deeply troubled by an islamic threat made in her child’s school. An aggressive Muslim student made the following threat to the other children:
“My name is Jafar,
I come from afar,
I have a bomb in my car
Despite parental complaints, the school administration did nothing — fearing, of course, any backlash and accusations of islamofauxbia and racism (Islam is not a race). Principal Michael Dunn said the bomb threat “was not something the boy could get suspended for because you can find that phrase all over the internet so he feels like it is a boy just being a boy.” You can find instructions to make homemade bombs all over jihad sites — does that make it OK?
This is not the first time this Muslim student has threatened the children. He brings his cell phone to school and points it at the other children while it makes gun noises. See below for Principal Dunn’s phone policy. And yet he does nothing.
First, please remind your student that while the county permits students to bring cell phones to school, the phones must be off (not on vibrate) and out of sight in a pocket or string bag. If you have an emergency, please do not text or call your student it is very disruptive to class; if you call the front desk, we can have your student come to the office and call you within minutes. If a student has their phone out they will receive one warning to put it away; if they continue to display or use their phone it will be confiscated and the grade level administrator will call you and ask you to come pick it up.
— a 6-year-old was suspended for pointing his fingers in the shape of a gun.
—a 10-year-old was suspended over finger gun.
—a 6-year-old boy near Colorado Springs, Colorado was suspended from school for kissing a girl on the hand.
—-an 8-year-old is suspended for drawing a picture of a gun
— a 13-year-old boy was suspended for sketching what looked like a gun; authorities said the action posed a threat to his classmates.
The school’s irresponsible negligence is cause for grave concern. Politely contact principal Michael Dunn (410) 437-2400 and MDUNN2@AACPS.org
and George Arlotto, the Superintendent for Anne Arundel County Public Schools at (410) 222-5303, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the email from a concerned parent:
On Monday or Tuesday (February 8th or 9th) of last week a 7th grade boy was standing up shouting in health class
“My name is Jafar,
I come from afar,
I have a bomb in my car
I found this out on Thursday from my son who was in the class with the boy. I asked what was done and he said he didn’t know for sure but the kid left class and came right back so my child thought that he as least got a referral to the office.
That night I emailed the principal and all 4 assistant principals and asked them what they did to resolve this or what they were going to do to resolve this. I didn’t hear anything back from them so on Friday I called the principal, Mr. Dunn. He said that they were doing an investigation and they were about done. He said that what was said was not something the boy could get suspended for because it was only a class disturbance according to county policy. He also said that you can find that phrase all over the internet so he feels like it is a boy just being a boy. I suggested to him that perhaps that is so, but perhaps it its not. He has an obligation to make sure and not just go on his feelings.
The teacher that was in class when all of this happened apparently (according to Dunn) pulled the child aside after class and talked to him about his general behavior. This teacher never told the administration what was said so they didn’t know about any of this until I emailed them.
This is a boy who is muslim and brags about being from Saudi Arabia so I told Mr. Dunn he could have outside influences and maybe he is testing the water to see how the school responds to such threats. He just laughed and said he is sure that isn’t the case. This little boy has been in trouble several time for taking his cell phone and pointing it at other kids while the cell makes gun noises. I asked Mr. Dunn about that as well. He said he knows about it and they have talked to him about it and maybe in the future they will have him put his cell in the office but he doesn’t know for sure.
I asked Mr. Dunn to put the parents minds at ease and put out a letter letting us know what happened, what action was taken and what in the future will be done with threats or rhetoric like this. As of Friday afternoon, all we were told by the Superintendent (my husband called her) was that they would speak with the kids parents. It is bothersome first that the teacher didn’t let administration know and second, that when they did find out they didn’t take it seriously and said it was merely a classroom disruption.
If you have time or interest in the please contact me. I vow not to let this rest until someone makes the school responsible for this lack of effort to keep out kids safe.
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