Virginia Public School Teacher Charged With Assault During ‘Islamic Hand Sign’ Drill

What kind of drill? Stealth dawah? Coupled with Obama indoctrination. Do you know what your kids are being taught in school? via Tara Harris Charged With Assault After Stephanie Bennett Says Daughter Cut Hand in ‘Islamic Hand Sign’ Drill |

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.

Tara Harris and her husband Dale. Photo credit: WAVY-TV

Tara Harris and her husband Dale. Photo credit: WAVY-TV

“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.

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.

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.

More strange is that a public school teacher is praying five times a day in Arabic in front of students and forcing them to learn “Islamic hand signs” and forcing Islam on them.


Harris’ next-door neighbor, William Moore, told that Harris is not a Muslim. “They’re the nicest people you ever wanted to meet,” he said.

“Ahmed Noor, a trustee at the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads in Hampton, said there are no hand gestures in the religion of Islam; however as different cultures practice the religion, there could be a culture that both practices Islam and uses some sort of hand gesture,” reports.

9 thoughts on “Virginia Public School Teacher Charged With Assault During ‘Islamic Hand Sign’ Drill

  1. Seems to me like cooler heads on both sides needs to prevail here. There is now way this teacher can get prosecuted for assault when clearly this appears to be accidental. Assault requires intent. However, this teacher is going to have to explain what the heck Islamic hand gestures have to do with math and reading.

    • the teacher was angry when she grabbed the student’s hand & “accidentally” hooked it on the wire. IMO, her apparent anger & the resulting injury puts the incident in the assault mode. we need to rid ourselves of these islamic lackeys!

    • Cooler heads: The teacher was physically “pushing” Islam as she was taught in the mosque. Violence is OK there when instructing. A time will come when we no longer have the freedom to even speak out against them.

      Yes I know Islam is NOT a religion. It is a political system with a religious component.

      Youtube what islam is not” Ann Barnhardt has videos on their sexual deviance, if you still think cooler heads need to prevail.

  2. What Islamic Handsign? I never heard of one. Now there is a non-Islamic handsign. It is the closing of the fingers into a fist and extending the middle finger towards the ceiling.

    • As a former Muslim I can say that I have never heard of an Islamic hand sign, let alone been taught one. This is a horrible situation and the teacher needs to be fired and prosecuted.

      • She certainly does need to be fired. What a ridiculous situation; praying 5 times a day in front of the kids. Of course she backs obama–look at her.

  3. End this filth NOW. Our kids can’t sing “Silent Night” at school or have cupcakes, but they get this Islamic cr*p. Another lovely gift from some black people. Our secretly gay, muslime king must love this.

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