Concerned citizens showed up at a Houston school this week to protest the rapid fundamental transformation of America.
About 132 kindergartners and pre-K students were already inside the building Monday when nearly 30 demonstrators waving American flags, and signs denouncing the Arabic Immersion Magnet School arrived, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The brand new Arabic school is reportedly part of a larger and ongoing immersion program within the Houston Independent School District.
Some of the signs read, “Everything I ever cared to know about Islam was taught to me by Muslims on 9-11 2001.”
Another read, “Qatar out of our schools!”
The Arabic school is one of the first of its kind in the country, the Chronicle reported. And if the protesters have anything to say about it, it will also be the last.
According to the Chronicle, Arabic is the second most common language behind Spanish in the school district. Students will study half the day in English and half the day in Arabic.
The new Arabic school drew a whopping 490 applicants to fill its 132 seats, the Chronicle reported.
“Houston is the energy capital of the world,” Superintendent Terry Grier said, according to the Chronicle. “And we need to have graduates who can communicate with people all over the world.”
But protesters argue the Arabic classes are anti-American and said students should be “assimilated,” the Chronicle reported.
The school district’s chief of staff took issue with protesters and let his feelings known:
Question 4 #HISD Arabic school protesters: Are you also protesting US military, CIA and Christian mission groups for teaching the language?
— Jason Spencer (@JSpencer_HISD) August 24, 2015
But the protesters had some of online support:
— Joe Muselevichus (@joeymush) August 25, 2015
@JSpencer_HISD Hey are the military and CIA all preschoolers?? There’s teaching and there’s indoctrination! Which is it spence ??? — Rman007 (@rman007) August 25, 2015
@JSpencer_HISD U.S. military and CIA teach it to learn how to get Intel from them before Obama drones their cities. U r a liberal fool
— Jimmy Crackhorn (@CrackhornJimmy) August 25, 2015
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