Published On: Thu, Oct 18th, 2012

Tara Harris, Virgina teacher, charged with assault after student’s ‘hand cut’ during Islam lesson

Tara Harris, an elementary school teacher in Chesapeake, Virginia, was charged with assault after a 10-year-old girl’s hand was reportedly cut during an aggressive lesson on an Islamic hand sign, The Blaze reported Thursday.

Tara Harris photo supplied via WAVY TV

Police Spokeswoman Kelly O’Sullivan confirmed that Tara Harris has been charged for an Oct. 2 incident at the school. She would not say, however, what happened to warrant the charges. O’Sullivan did say an investigator looked into the matter.

Harris “was criminally charged with a misdemeanor on Oct. 11 and released on a summons.”

“It’s still a criminal charge. It happened at the school and it involved a student,” said Officer Leo Kosinski, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Police Department.

Stephanie Bennett, the child’s mother, told The Blaze that the teacher “has a disturbing trend of ‘indoctrinating’ students with Islamic teachings,” and openly campaigns for Barack Obama in the classroom.

According to Bennett, Harris also “’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,” the Blaze reported.

“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,” Bennett said.

The report states that the young girl suffers from a disorder that makes it difficult for her to “quickly grasp things like hand signs.”

“Not that she’s uneducated or anything. It’s just a processing problem,” Bennett added.

After two days of training, the child apparently had trouble making the sign, which is described as “an upside A-OK hand gesture.” Frustrated, Harris reportedly “attempted to twist the girl’s fingers to make the Islamic gesture meaning ‘power and strength.’”

“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,” Bennett explained. “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.”

Nita Redditt, a parent of another child in the class, reportedly confirmed Bennett’s story and said her son was too “scared” to return to school the next day.

“I think he was intimidated,” she 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.”

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,” The Blaze added.

“Kids can’t stand up and fight for themselves. Someone’s got to fight for them,” she said. “Why didn’t someone call me? Why weren’t any of the parents notified?”

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  1. Steve says:

    WOW! If this was my kid, that teacher would have to look over her shoulder every minute of the day.

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