Thursday July 19 School Board meeting be advised this topic is not on the agenda for this meeting!
RUTHERFORD COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
2240 Southpark Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
July 19, 2012
Documents available as proof of training and contact From the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and Angel McCloud, Staff attorney
Statement on the Rutherford County School Website regarding above letter:
Statement concerning student religious activities
Update June 28, 2012
Eric Bell has responded with an email he says was sent to staff attorney Angel McCloud four years ago in September 2008 from the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. The email contained an educational flyer about muslim beliefs and practices as they pertain to muslim students. However, the email does not contain a list of demands or mandates, which has been alleged. Ms. McCloud receives this type of information from various religious and legal groups from time-to-time and does not specifically recall the email from 2008 because of the amount of time that has passed.
Original statement June 27, 2012
A few concerned residents contacted Rutherford County Schools on June 27, 2012, after hearing a discussion on a Nashville radio station. No one from the school district heard the radio program directly and so exactly what was said cannot be confirmed.
However, the discussion apparently referenced students practicing religious activities at school with an accusation that the school district allowed some students but not others to exercise their religious rights. Apparently, there also was a claim that the district had received a list of demands for Muslim students from the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Rutherford County Schools is releasing this statement to hopefully address rumors concerning this topic.
First, the school district is not aware of anyone receiving any written communication directly from the Islamic Center. However, several principals have reported they received an e-mail from a person named Eric Bell that accuses the school district of receiving and disseminating information from the Islamic Center. Mr. Bell’s email does include an attached informational document from the Islamic Center. But again, this document was not received directly from the Islamic Center; it came from Mr. Bell.
However, the school district routinely receives informational literature about religions from various groups, including Christian, Jewish and legal organizations. Students of all religions are allowed to exercise their first amendment rights by practicing religious activities or participating in religious clubs at school as long as those activities are student-initiated.