Transcript for School's Holocaust Assignment Draws Death Threats
The Rialto unified school district is being flooded with phone calls -- -- recent assignment asking eighth graders to argue whether or not they believe the Holocaust really happened. District spokesperson site -- -- says 98% of the calls are from people voicing their concern. But she's also received death threats police have been notified. This individual that made the phone calls was very specific about threats that he made and it was also very specific and I was gonna carry out the threats. With the use of a firearm and aura of -- radio other type weapon. The assignment was given before spring break students wrote argumentative essays they could use historical information. Contained in an eighteen page packet and use the Internet the district received an email last Friday from someone in -- who questioned the assignment. The district takes. All sorts of complaints very seriously and concerns very seriously it doesn't have to come from a parent it -- that have to come from a student it can come from the community member. And yes we are working with all parties because we want to resolve this we also want to make sure that we are teaching our students. The Holocaust the anti defamation league says holocaust denial can be addressed in schools but this was the wrong approach. To have students. Try to determine whether or not it happened they're gonna go online and again a group of -- holocaust they're gonna gonna come across. Sites that look very slick and very persuasive but are really bad history. And propaganda for anti -- the core curriculum -- has revised the assignment. By striking the following two sentences quote. For example some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual event but instead is a propaganda -- that was used for political and monetary gain. You will read and discuss multiple credible articles on this issue and write an argumentative essay. Based upon cited textual evidence. In which you explain whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history. Or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and -- well. And quote.
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