It was a joke right? Source: Student with Muslim name is deemed ‘most likely to bomb the U.S.’ | Daily Mail Online
The parents of a student at an Arizona charter middle school were shocked to open the 8th grade yearbook and find that one of the graduates with a Muslim first name was deemed ‘most likely to bomb the U.S.’
Bree Brown, whose 11-year-old daughter attends the Sonoran Science Academy in Peoria, Arizona, said her daughter showed her the yearbook passage.
‘I looked down and read, most likely to bomb the U.S. and I just sat there for a second and thought, no way. This is not happening,’ Brown told KNXV-TV.
‘I thought it was a joke, I didn’t believe her at first,’ said her husband, Kian Brown.
But the school released a statement saying that the 8th grade class did not take any votes and that the passage about ‘most likely to bomb’ was written as a joke by the student himself.
‘It was missed. There’s a faculty advisor in charge of the yearbook. They did not catch it,’ Matthew Benson, a spokesman for the Sonoran Science Academy, said.
The school principal, Deb Hofmeier, put out a statement which read: ‘On Friday night, I became aware of an inappropriate entry included with the 2017-18 yearbook in which a student self-designated they were “Voted Most Likely to Bomb the U.S.”
‘To be clear, there was no class vote. Each student self-selected a superlative for himself or herself.
‘After speaking with the student and the student’s parents, it is apparent the comment was a misguided attempt at humor.
‘There was absolutely no malicious intent on the part of the student.
‘Regardless, our entire administrative team takes this seriously.
‘The comment should have been caught and removed during the editing process before the yearbook was published.
‘Our school is investigating how this incident occurred, and has already taken disciplinary action against the faculty adviser in charge of the yearbook.
‘Going forward, we will be instituting a more stringent review process to ensure this cannot happen again.
‘In the meantime, we have reached out to each of our Sonoran Science Academy-Peoria families to express our deep regret regarding this incident.
‘We are also collecting yearbooks from students who had already received them, and will have a new, edited batch printed and distributed at no additional charge to families.
Interestingly, we posted on a Sonoran Science Academy in Arizona previously, via Parents concerned about charter school run by Turkish Islamist movement. Coincidence?
They suspect the Sonoran Academy of being part of a confederation of learning institutions secretly linked to, and advancing, the cause of Turkish scholar and Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.
“We found one document, in Turkish, that talks about the purpose of these charter schools,” says the parent. “They refer to them very explicitly as schools (belonging) to their movement. They’re calculating, and they say if they can have something like 600 schools, then every year, they can produce 120,000 sympathizers for Turkey.