TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Administrators at the Vigo County School Corporation are trying to figure out how a Muslim family managed to go classroom to classroom Friday morning, handing out religious literature to most every teacher while school was in session.
"And we are addressing that, we are making changes," said Ray Azar, the corporation's director of student services.
Azar told reporters Monday afternoon that an internal investigation is being launched at Dixie Bee Elementary, the K through 5 school three girls in that Muslim family attend. Azar said those girls and their father were properly approved to drop off cards, with a religious message, and a flower for each teacher at the school. But the family, according to Azar, was never supposed to venture beyond the school's main office.
The message on the fliers the family dropped off reads, "Mohammed is a prophet of Mercy. Do not defame people, lest you make them your enemies." The school corporation vehemently denies any claim that it was endorsing a particular religion by allowing the school visit; rather, according to Azar, it was viewed as a lesson in history.
Not one school board member was willing to comment on the incident at Dixie Bee Elementary, and the topic did not come up at Monday evening's school board meeting.
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