MN: Student Upset by Quran Presentation


(WCCO) Roseville, Minn. Officials at Roseville Area High School apologized to a Muslim student who was upset by a librarian's classroom presentation involving The Quran.

The 14-year-old student said the librarian was making a presentation about censorship to her freshman English class and brought out several books, including the Muslim book of prayer.

As part of the presentation, the librarian used a box decorated with colored construction paper that was meant to look like flames, the student said.

The student said the librarian tossed The Quran into the box, as if to symbolize burning it.

"His actions were definitely what I thought was wrong, and it hurt me," said the student, who did not want to be identified.

The student viewed that as a disrespectful way to handle the book, and was also offended by how the librarian described it.

"He took the book and he threw it, and while he was talking about the book, his main perspective of the book was that it was a pro-terrorist book," she said.

The school district said the role-playing exercise was intended to show what censorship is like, but officials agreed that was not an appropriate way to do it.

 


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