NC: ENLOE TEACHER SUSPENDED WITH PAY AFTER SPEAKER CONTROVERSY
Raleigh – A social studies teacher at Enloe High School has been suspended with pay after an invited speaker criticized Islam.
Officials said Robert Escamilla invited Kamil Solomon to talk with students on Feb. 16. Students said Solomon handed out two pamphlets to students, entitled, “Jesus Not Muhammad Part 1,” and “Do Not Marry a Muslim Part 1.”
Some students and parents have complained to school-system officials. Attorneys with the Wake County School Board are interviewing students, faculty, and school administrators about the incident.
In a letter sent to faculty and staff by Enloe principal Beth Cochran, she wrote about the use of guest speakers at the school:
“Guest speakers can provide a wonderful enrichment opportunity for our students by bringing unique personal experiences and various points of view that can significantly enhance our students’ education. When we invite speakers into our classrooms, however, there is an expectation that the presentation is not only aligned with the standard course of study, but is also relevant to the class unit and appropriate in tone and topic for high school students in a public school setting.”