New Jersey: Middle school teacher’s lesson on 9/11 urges sympathy for ‘Osama’

Source: NJ middle school teacher’s 9/11 lesson urges sympathy for ‘Osama’ | EAGnews.org

Parents in Vernon, New Jersey are outraged over a local middle school teacher’s lesson on September 11, which skipped over the world’s worst terrorist attack and instead focused on the plight of an imaginary Muslim boy named Osama.

Ed O’Rourke, a former U.S. Marine, and his wife, Jodi, told the New Jersey Herald that their daughter’s sixth grade teacher at Glen Meadow Middle School assigned a story titled “My Name is Osama” for students to read on September 11, which his daughter described over dinner.

The Herald reports:

The story … tells a made-up account of an Iraqi immigrant boy named Osama who faces taunts of “terrorist” in school by several students who tell him his mother, who wears a hijab, has “a bag on her head.” After pushing back against his tormenters, the boy is suspended from school for fighting.

The story included no mention of the ideology behind those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, which O’Rourke said should have been a part of the class discussion as well.

“I thought it was a joke at first,” Ed O’Rourke said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

“It would be like, on a day about the Holocaust, doing a made-up lesson about a boy named Adolf being bullied by Jewish kids and saying we shouldn’t blame all Germans – or don’t pick on the poor kid named Adolf on the Jewish holidays,” he said. “It’s grotesque.”

O’Rourke contacted Glen Meadow principal Edwina Piszczek, who relayed his concerns to the district’s acting superintendent, Charles McKay. The next day he met with them in person and removed his daughter from the teacher’s class, according to the news site.

“They couldn’t have been better as far as letting me vent, and agreed that the timing couldn’t have been more horrific,” he said. “They said they were unaware the teacher was planning to do this and that it fell through the cracks, though when I asked if they were planning any disciplinary action against the teacher, they said they weren’t sure at this point.”

District officials have not identified the teacher and refuse to discuss how they are handling the situation, which was reportedly resolved “internally.”

McKay issued a statement Wednesday that doesn’t offer any details parents don’t already know.

“There were concerns expressed by a parent about an article one of our teachers gave out to a class on Tuesday, September 11th,” McKay wrote to the Herald. “I met with our teacher this morning to relay those concerns and then I met with the father to make sure his point of view was heard. Each meeting was civil and instructive.”

O’Rourke told the news site he simply wants teachers to explain the facts about the tragedy that claimed the lives of 3,000 people, including the truth about Osama Bin Laden and other radical Islamic terrorists who carried out the attack.

“I know a lot of firemen and cops who lost family members on 9/11, but unlike the religious extremists who would have no problem blowing all of us up, our society is not going out blaming all Muslims,” he said.

“But there’s also an ideology of people that causes some people to want to kill us and to not respect women’s rights, and that should be taught as well. Instead this teacher was able to influence an entire class with a tainted story made up to show Muslims as victims.”


More: Teacher’s 9/11 lesson angers Vernon family

“They couldn’t have been better as far as letting me vent, and agreed that the timing couldn’t have been more horrific,” O’Rourke said. “They said they were unaware the teacher was planning to do this and that it fell through the cracks, though when I asked if they were planning any disciplinary action against the teacher, they said they weren’t sure at this point.”

It was unclear if the Board of Education, which meets tonight at 7, planned to address the concerns.


Contact Us

Glen Meadow Middle School
Grades 6, 7  & 8 
7 Sammis Road; P.O. Box 516
Vernon, NJ 07462
Phone: 973-764-8981
Fax: 973-764-3295 

Guidance Fax: 973-764-1279
Nurse’s Fax: 973-764-0851
Edwina  Piszczek  , Principal

Kristen Gudenkauf, Assistant Principal


Separately, we’ve been told that some Florida public elementary schools were assigning a story titled, “Amira’s Song” on September 11 as well – seeking sympathy for Syrian Muslim refugees on the anniversary of terror attacks by Muslims.

amiras-song

3 thoughts on “New Jersey: Middle school teacher’s lesson on 9/11 urges sympathy for ‘Osama’

  1. Hi, my name is 0sama. I belong to a cult whose holy book states the sun sets in a mud puddle despite scientific proof available at the time that it is not. This book contains words alleged to have come from a god but the Creator knew He had created a sphere so that is but one example why the book is false. There was a man called 0sama who was trained by the CIA under GHW Bush that emphasized jihad which is essentially killing anyone who doesn’t believe mohammed was a prophet. People believe this because mohammed never had a miracle and foretold no event. He in fact said his god told him he would be victorious in a battle that he in fact lost.
    Even though GHW Bush taught me how to kill and guerilla tactics and how to control people, he became the enemy when the Russians finally left Afghanistan. I was funded by the dollars spent buying oil from Saudi Arabia and in fact I am from Saudi Arabia as were the vast majority of the murderers on 9-11-01.
    Please don’t ridicule the women who wear bags on their heads and curtains for dresses because for centuries these women have been conned into the belief it is good for them and are denied education which would prove what kind of nonsense that belief is.
    Don’t fall for the con that islam is a peaceful religion even though there are some peaceful people that are stuck in it. You see, those people are slaves to allah, that stupid made up diety that believes the earth is flat and the sun sets in a mud puddle. If they don’t go to the mosque then their houses are burned down and they are; tortured, maimed, and murdered.
    Don’t believe anything that you see on the network news, especially those that call islam a peaceful religion

  2. How is this even happening in the U.S.??
    Communism and Islam were banned from the US in 1952, The immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws related to immigration and naturalization and nationality for the United States. The act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of congress regarding the immigration of aliens to the U.S. and remain in effect today.
    Among the many issues it covers, one in particular found in Chapter 2 section 212, the prohibition of entry to the U.S. if the alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means” This, by it’s very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States, but this law is being ignored by the White House. Islamic immigration to the U.S. would be prohibited under this law because the quran, Sharia law, and the Hadith all require complete submission to islam, which is antithetical to the U.S. government, the constitution, and to the republic. All muslim who attest the quran is their lives guiding principle subscribe to submission to islam and its form of government. Now the politically correct crowd would say that Islamist cannot be prohibited by entering the U.S. because Islam is a religion. WHETHER IT IS A RELIGION IS IMMATERIAL, BECAUSE THE LAW STATES THAT ALIENS WHO ARE AFFILIATED WITH ANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ADVOCATES FOR THE OVERTHROW OF OUR GOVERNMENT “ARE PROHIBITED BY LAW”, period. This means they are not eligible to run for office in the U.S.

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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