Terrorism propaganda assignment causes concern at Salem Junior High School

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Utah school apologizes after kids told to make ISIS propaganda posters for project.

About 60 ninth-grade students were asked by the teacher, who has been on the job for a few months, to create “neat, colored, professional” posters, the assignment read. The point of the task was to help students grasp “the goals of terrorist groups and the methods they use to gain support,” according to a worksheet cited by the Associated Press, which reported that the assignment was given earlier this week at Salem Junior High School, in Salem, Utah. The teacher “wanted the students to understand how propaganda can be wrong and lead people incorrectly,” Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey told the AP. — Two men described by authorities as white supremacists have been charged in Virginia with trying to illegally buy weapons and explosives to use in attacks on synagogues and black churches. The assignment arose during discussions and lessons on the Middle East, terrorism, and propaganda, including how propaganda was used during World War II, Ms.

Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III tried to buy an automatic weapon, explosives and a pistol with a silencer from three undercover agents posing as illegal firearms dealers, FBI agent James R. A disclaimer at the bottom of the worksheet said that any students who felt uncomfortable with the assignment could request an alternative task from the teacher, the AP reported. Halderman, is accused of plotting to rob a jeweler and use the money to help Doyle buy land and stockpile weapons for “an impending race war,” the affidavit says. No disciplinary action is planned for the teacher, but school administrators instructed the teacher to cancel the project. “We don’t want students going on the Internet and looking up terrorist things,” Hiskey told KUTV. “This was a classroom project and it’s been withdrawn and she’s talked to the students and let them know that was not the intent.”

According to Rudisill’s affidavit, Doyle and the younger Chaney “ascribe to a white supremacy extremist version of the Asatru faith,” a pagan sect that emphasizes Norse gods and traditions. The FBI recorded Chaney saying that the meeting with the agent “sounds like ATF to me.” The transaction was completed Sunday, and Chaney was arrested on the spot.

In a telephone interview, FBI agent Michael Schuler in Richmond declined to say whether authorities believe attacks were imminent before the men were arrested.

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