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Virginia Teacher Charged With Assault: Girl’s Hand Cut in Forced ‘Islamic Hand Sign’ Drill (Updated)
The Blaze ^ | October 18, 2012 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 10/18/2012 7:51:26 PM PDT by Altariel

UPDATE: See the images of Virginia teacher’s 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 daughter’s 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.

“It’s 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 Charged With Assault After Stephanie Bennett Says Daughter Cut Hand in Islamic Hand Sign Drill

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.

Bennett’s daughter suffers from a processing disorder, making it difficult for her to quickly grasp things like hand signs. “Not that she’s uneducated or anything. It’s just a processing problem,” the mother said.

When Bennett’s daughter was unable to do the Islamic hand sign correctly after two days of instruction, Harris became frustrated and attempted to twist the girl’s 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 didn’t get it right, [Harris] went over and yanked her hand out of her desk and my daughter’s 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 daughter’s hand dripping with blood after the teacher had gotten so mad that she went to twist my daughter’s 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 daughter’s 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 Bennett’s 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 couldn’t 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 Harris’s actions. She also wants to know why she wasn’t 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 wasn’t against school policy.”

“Kids can’t stand up and fight for themselves. Someone’s got to fight for them,” Bennett said. “Why didn’t someone call me? Why weren’t 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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aclumia; arabic; captiveaudience; chesapeake; childabuse; culturewar; education; eduxation; handsigns; indoctrination; islam; leftwingnuts; mosqueandstate; muslim; obamacampaign; publicschools; reeducationcenters; schools; signing; taraharris; teachers; virginia

1 posted on 10/18/2012 7:51:28 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Mad Dawg; EDINVA; JPG; Hawthorn; Paisan; VA_Gentleman; seekthetruth; COBOL2Java; Perdogg; kabar; ...

VA Ping!

If you want on/off the VA Ping List, please freepmail me.

If you see posts of interest to Virginians, please ping me.

Thanks!


2 posted on 10/18/2012 8:02:00 PM PDT by randita
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To: Altariel

Obama voter for sure.


3 posted on 10/18/2012 8:04:18 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Altariel
goathumper gang signs???
4 posted on 10/18/2012 8:04:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Altariel
“indoctrinating” students with Islamic teachings....openly campaigns for President Barack Obama in the classroom
5 posted on 10/18/2012 8:06:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Altariel
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?

A Black, Muslim Obama supporter is involved maybe.

6 posted on 10/18/2012 8:07:43 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Altariel

Can’t have prayer in class? Hmm.


7 posted on 10/18/2012 8:10:16 PM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: Altariel

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.


8 posted on 10/18/2012 8:12:45 PM PDT by NewJerseyGOP
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To: Altariel
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?

Because they don't want the death threats that come with reporting anything unpleasant about islam?
9 posted on 10/18/2012 8:12:54 PM PDT by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: Altariel
the Islamic gesture meaning “power and strength.” The way Bennett described it, it sounds like an upside A-OK hand gesture.

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.

10 posted on 10/18/2012 8:13:27 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Altariel

I can think of one applicable hand gesture.


11 posted on 10/18/2012 8:14:27 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Altariel
...traditional Islamic hand gesture...


12 posted on 10/18/2012 8:14:35 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: Altariel

This is so disturbing on so many levels.


13 posted on 10/18/2012 8:21:23 PM PDT by angelsonmyside (Someone please send the Loser in Chief a "President For Dummy's" book.)
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To: Ellendra

14 posted on 10/18/2012 8:37:11 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

“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.


15 posted on 10/18/2012 8:41:20 PM PDT by ConservativeChris (I feel like Marvin Boggs!)
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To: angelsonmyside

This teacher would have shortly seen my Crusader Hand


16 posted on 10/18/2012 8:41:40 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Altariel
I would love to hear how well Tara speaks English. Just a guess, but trailer park trash have a better command of the language. Why should I write something like this? It is simple. Our standards are so low for teachers that we don't get around to important issues like, “are you wiling to teach just the subject and only the subject you are hired to teach”? What seems completely rational for most Christians has thrown out the window.
17 posted on 10/18/2012 8:46:13 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (The truth hurts)
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To: Altariel
Separation of church and state only applies to Christians.

Need to sue her, the school and the teachers union for Religious discrimination.

18 posted on 10/18/2012 9:00:58 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: Altariel
Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennels studies the effects of Islamist inbreeding:

"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. "

My emphasis.

I guess it's not just inbreeding.. unless . . . .

19 posted on 10/18/2012 9:03:08 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Altariel

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?


20 posted on 10/18/2012 9:04:54 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Altariel

“Islamic hand sign” sounds a lot like street gang signs...

Simple assault? I believe I would file a civil suit- there is a whole string of civil rights violations in this story...


21 posted on 10/18/2012 9:51:54 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: robowombat
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.

It's not just dimwit latino and Amish gangbangers.
Imagine the discomfiture of a normal mainstream American family which discovers that their son is marrying a 30-something seemingly normal woman who, together with her childhood closest friends are flashing the moron signs at their wedding.

A lot more common than most of us realize. There's no explaining the clueless' attraction to the dysfunctional definition of "cool..."

22 posted on 10/18/2012 10:03:26 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Altariel

Wow. You know, if I ever hit the lottery I could just sit home and spend probably 6 hours a day calling up various people, organizations, entities, etc. and asking them “what’s wrong with you?”


23 posted on 10/18/2012 10:07:06 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: ConservativeChris
So does this fall under “reading”, “writing”, or “(a)rithmatic”? No wonder we (the US) score so poorly in education.

From the article above :
'...she stayed on this issue for two days straight during their reading and math class,” she said.'

So the answer must be "reading and math"

24 posted on 10/18/2012 10:12:31 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: NewJerseyGOP

If Vegas ever gave odds on certain ‘assumptions’ they wouldn’t be able to afford all those shiny lights and tall hotel towers and such.

A crime happens and the perp’s race, affinity for islam and/or political persuasion is omitted? Place your bets! You won’t win every time, but it’ll pay well in the long term.

Sad that things have devolved this far. And we all knew what to expect when we clicked the link.


25 posted on 10/18/2012 10:16:12 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( America or 0bama. You can't choose both. ))))
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To: piasa
...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?

Interesting point.
Sounds like the tribal tendencies that made ebonics almost possible as a civilized language.

26 posted on 10/18/2012 10:20:41 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: publius911
This is more than disturbing it is further evidence of the norming of the deviant in mass popular culture. Take a look at my comment in this posting: Child Abuse: Sandusky, the Catholic Church, and the Education Establishment.

The general culture of the country is being corrupted from the top down and as a people we are becoming our own enemies.

27 posted on 10/19/2012 5:10:34 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: Altariel; Yehuda

Beer and wine?! Blasphemers!


28 posted on 10/19/2012 5:44:00 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Altariel

Bump


29 posted on 10/19/2012 7:10:30 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: ConservativeChris

It would seem the answer is “reading” and “arithmetic”.


30 posted on 10/19/2012 9:02:46 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: randita; Gopher; MAKnight; crobnson; Romanov; jneesy; AfghanJohn; Bulldog1967; ...
As a former educator I am absolutely appalled at reading this but I am not surprised. Incidents like this are happening across our country, but we are not hearing about it!

Thank you, Randita, for the ping as I will also ping my Virginia Freeper list here.

Please, Virginia Freepers, do everything you can to make sure this FR link goes to everyone on your email lists, and ask them to do the same. Contact your local School Board and make them aware that you want to be assured that nothing like this happens in your local schools! Contact EVERY media outlet in your state and demand they report this!

The ONLY advice I can give any parent who reads this is to ALWAYS be involved in what is going on in your child's classroom and education! And I mean from Pre-K through college level!

31 posted on 10/19/2012 9:39:26 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: Altariel
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?

The story is covered everyday on local WAVY TV news.

32 posted on 10/20/2012 4:00:06 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Altariel

“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?”

The same reason why they wouldn’t report on the beating of two white people in Norfolk (reporters no less!!) The leftmedia in tidewater is horrible.


33 posted on 10/20/2012 6:20:03 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: seekthetruth

“The ONLY advice I can give any parent who reads this is to ALWAYS be involved in what is going on in your child’s classroom and education! And I mean from Pre-K through college level!”

And pull your kids from these lousy schools. The Chesapeake schools are supposedly “good.”


34 posted on 10/20/2012 6:23:05 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: seekthetruth

According to the article at WAVY tv, there might be some problems with the story. This is a “special needs” class, the teacher isn’t Muslim, and she’s been teaching for 23 years. I think I’ll wait for more information before I get too excited about this.


35 posted on 10/20/2012 7:01:51 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten

Thanks for letting me know! Please keep me posted on what you find out. Certainly only want the TRUTH!! Thanks again.


36 posted on 10/20/2012 8:37:14 AM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: oblomov

“...traditional Islamic hand gesture...”

We used to call that giving someone the “Windex finger”.


37 posted on 10/20/2012 8:46:45 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Andrei Bulba

No Christian prayers allowed, but Islamic prayers are! Sure makes my blood boil.


38 posted on 10/20/2012 6:55:33 PM PDT by tob2
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To: Gene Eric

I’m sure it is not a friendly wave of the hand. lol


39 posted on 10/20/2012 7:10:25 PM PDT by tob2
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To: Altariel

“Butts Road Intermediate School”

.
What an imaginative name for a school.

We have a school in our neighborhood that could be renamed using this as a guideline:

How does “Road behind the old lumberyard Elementary School” sound?


40 posted on 10/20/2012 7:19:43 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: oblomov

That looks like the gesture my mom would make toward me when she was pi$$ed at me, and wanted to bend my ear.

And she sure wasn’t any mozzlem.


41 posted on 10/20/2012 7:27:23 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: R. Scott

Good to hear!


42 posted on 10/20/2012 10:28:36 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Wine and beer and they are devout Muslims.

43 posted on 10/21/2012 1:53:59 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy

The brainwashing in our schools goes on and on. Christian holidays banned, Islamic and others celebrated.

IB teaches world government, and tolerance of terrorists as ‘freedom fighters’.

Parents have been asleep way too long. I’ve tried to warn for years.. will anyone listen to me now????


44 posted on 10/24/2012 4:51:22 PM PDT by CowHampshire (NH, Tea Party, International Baccalaureate, Totalitarianism, Fascism, Taxation, Soros, NWO)
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