Skip to comments.Virginia Teacher Charged With Assault: Girl’s Hand Cut in Forced ‘Islamic Hand Sign’ Drill (Updated)
Posted on 10/18/2012 7:51:26 PM PDT by Altariel
UPDATE: See the images of Virginia teachers alleged assault on 10-year-old student during Islamic hand sign lesson.
An elementary school teacher in Chesapeake, Va. has been charged with simple assault after a parent claimed her daughters hand was cut open as a result of the teacher yanking her arm aggressively while trying to teach students an Islamic hand sign.
Officer Leo Kosinski, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Police Department, told TheBlaze that Tara Harris was criminally charged with a misdemeanor on Oct. 11 and released on a summons. The case is currently under investigation.
Its still a criminal charge. It happened at the school and it involved a student, Kosinski said. The police department could not release any additional information.
Tara Harris and her husband Dale. Photo credit: WAVY-TV
Stephanie Bennett, the mother of the 10-year-old girl who was allegedly assaulted at Butts Road Intermediate School, told TheBlaze in an emotional phone interview that Harris has a disturbing trend of indoctrinating students with Islamic teachings. She also said the teacher openly campaigns for President Barack Obama in the classroom.
The incident of alleged assault occurred on October 2, according to Bennett.
The teacher was going over Islamic hand signs with the children she stayed on this issue for two days straight during their reading and math class, she said.
Bennetts daughter suffers from a processing disorder, making it difficult for her to quickly grasp things like hand signs. Not that shes uneducated or anything. Its just a processing problem, the mother said.
When Bennetts daughter was unable to do the Islamic hand sign correctly after two days of instruction, Harris became frustrated and attempted to twist the girls fingers to make the Islamic gesture meaning power and strength. The way Bennett described it, it sounds like an upside A-OK hand gesture. It is unclear exactly which Islamic hand sign was being promoted as the source information comes from children.
When she didnt get it right, [Harris] went over and yanked her hand out of her desk and my daughters hand got hung up on the metal wire on her file folder and the skin got caught on it, the mother explained, her voice cracking with emotion. The other children saw my daughters hand dripping with blood after the teacher had gotten so mad that she went to twist my daughters hand into an Islamic sign.
After her child came home with the cut on her hand and she learned what had happened, Bennett immediately filed a police report. She claims to have pictures of her daughters injuries. She has agreed to share the pictures with TheBlaze, however, they were unable to be sent digitally late Wednesday night.
She says the day after the incident school officials informed her that Harris had been placed on administrative leave. On Tuesday, she was then informed that the teacher had been terminated from the Chesapeake Public School system all together. Her termination can not be independently confirmed as the messages left with multiple officials with the school system have not been returned. Attempts to contact Harris were also unsuccessful.
The mother said her daughter told her that Harris prays to Allah in Arabic around five times a day in front of students and teaches them about Islam and how it is superior to other religions. Bennett claims other parents have confirmed her suspicions after talking with their kids.
One of those parents, Nita Redditt, told TheBlaze that her young son confirmed Bennetts story. The boy said he was scared to go back to school the next day after she found out, she added.
I think he was intimidated, Redditt said. I couldnt believe what was going on in the classroom in regards to this teacher praying to Allah and having them pray with her.
Bennett said she wants the Chesapeake Police Department to conduct a full investigation into Harriss actions. She also wants to know why she wasnt notified immediately when another parent complained to Butts Road Intermediate School officials about Harris campaigning for Obama in the classroom and bashing Republican GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Bennett said a school resource officer intially told her that speaking in Arabic wasnt against school policy.
Kids cant stand up and fight for themselves. Someones got to fight for them, Bennett said. Why didnt someone call me? Why werent any of the parents notified?
What is strange is that no local news outlets appear to be reporting on the incident not even the fact that a public school teacher was charged with assault.
Chesapeake Public Schools is still reeling from fresh allegations of criminal activity against one of its teachers. WAVY-TV reports that Bryan Carter, an assistant principal at Indian River High School, was arrested earlier this month and charged with abduction, burglary, attempted robbery and assault and battery.
PilotOnline.com, which serves the Chesapeake area, also reported on Wednesday that a Virginia Beach piano teacher had been charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.
So why are local media not covering the story involving Harris, who has been with the school since September, allegedly assaulting a 10-year-old student and forcing her class to learn Islamic hand signs? What makes this story different?
TheBlaze will continue to follow up with Chesapeake Public Schools for additional information on this developing story.
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Obama voter for sure.
A Black, Muslim Obama supporter is involved maybe.
Can’t have prayer in class? Hmm.
I know it isn’t nice for me to say this, but I read this on The Blaze this morning but did not see a picture of the teacher... And now that I have, she looks EXACTLY like I figured she would look while I was reading the article. Funny how that happens sometimes.
That sounds like some sort of gang hand signage. The dimwit Latino and Amish gangbangers are always going around making bizarre finger signage that simply makes them look like what they are, dumb a-sh-les, to the rest of us.
I can think of one applicable hand gesture.
This is so disturbing on so many levels.
“trying to teach students an Islamic hand sign.
So does this fall under “reading”, “writing”, or “(a)rithmatic”? No wonder we (the US) score so poorly in education.
BTW I got a “hand sign” for her.
This teacher would have shortly seen my Crusader Hand
Need to sue her, the school and the teachers union for Religious discrimination.
"If there are two things that characterize Islamic culture, they are terrorism and inbreeding. The latest research shows that these two things might be closely connected . . . First cousin marriages have been the tradition in many Muslim families for innumerable generations. Such marriages increase the risk of negative mental and physical consequences . . . Risk of mental retardation increases with 400 percent (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 1978 Effect of inbreeding on IQ and mental retardation). Research shows that the IQ is 10-16 points lower in children born from blood related parents and that abilities related to social behavior and empathy develops slower in inbred babies (Indian National Science Academy, 1983 Consanguinity Effects on Intelligence Quotient and Neonatal Behaviours of nsari Muslim Children [pdf]). Such facts might make several pieces fall into place for many people . . . People with low intelligence (because of inbreeding) might also be easier to brainwash with fundamentalist Islam. "
I guess it's not just inbreeding.. unless . . . .
I’m frequently around muslims from other countries but cannot recall any such thing as traditional “Islamic hand signs.” I am guessing, but is the school teacher a member of the heretical Nation of Islam and is she actually teaching gang signs or some other crap she made up like the new agers do by calling their own fantasies “American Indian” tradition?
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