Parents at a California middle school are demanding to know why a teacher had students sing an Islamic “fight song.”
A seventh-grade teacher at Spring View Middle School in Huntington Beach, California, deviated from the district’s official curriculum and had students sing “This Is My Fight Song.” Parent and grandparent Nichole Negron and Susan Negron told KCAL 9 Los Angeles their seventh grader was told to participate in the activity.
“I believe that by singing the song, the children feel comfortable that maybe Allah is the only god and maybe that they should start following him,” Susan Negron told the network Tuesday. “I’m not OK with that.”
The women only found out about the activity by accident when Negron’s son brought a pamphlet with lyrics home.
“How can we as parents combat against what we don’t know is going on?” the mother asked.
The two women went to the Ocean View school board on Tuesday night looking for answers. The teacher allegedly wanted students to learn about Islam through a “catchy” tune.
The lyrics to “This Is My Fight Song” go as follows:
Like a sandstorm on the desert, sending camels into motion.
Like how a single faith can make a heart open, they might only have one God,
But they can make an explosion.
All all those things they have to say, Islam … Allah’s on the way.
They will preach them loud tonight. Can you hear their voice this time?
This is their fight song. Spread Islam now song. Prove that they’re right song.
Ojaala Ahmed of the Council for American Islamic Relations in Anaheim told the CBS affiliate she wanted to know why the teacher shared the song, given that Islamic radical terror attacks in Paris, France, last Friday killed 129 and injured over 350.
“Especially with the recent attacks ISIS has been doing, knowing that this potentially Islamaphobic backlash might come about, what was the teacher’s intention?” Ahmed asked.
The school district sent an apology to parents and said it would continue looking into the incident, the network reported.