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November 18, 2006

Students Uncover Hidden Messages in School Work

Controversial Assignment Leads To Teacher's Resignation

SMITHFIELD, N.C. -- A Spanish teacher at Smithfield-Selma Senior High School resigned this week after handing out an assignment that some students and parents said teaches hate.

Khalid Chahhou, who was in his first year of teaching in Johnston County, gave students a worksheet in which they were to translate words and find them within a word-search puzzle.

Some students started uncovering strange words in the process.

"There were words like 'kill,' then I saw it said 'destroy America,'" Eric Herrera said.

As they read on, students found the puzzle contained a paragraph that contained the following phrases:

* "Sharon killed a lot of innocent people," a possible reference to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

* "Palestine is not a terrorist group."

* "Allah help destroy this body of evil making humanity miserable."

"It was kind of scary at first to think about, you know, your own teacher in your own school that is teaching you," Herrera said.

School administrators said they confronted Chahhou about an unidentified concern Wednesday and he resigned.

"The situation surrounding the resignation has prompted us to call the proper authorities," said Crystal Roberts, the spokeswoman for Johnston County Schools.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office reviewed the complaint, but investigators said they don't see any reason to file criminal charges or contact other agencies.

Chahhou, who also teaches Arabic at a religious school affiliated with the Islamic Association of Cary, told WRAL in a telephone interview that students got the wrong message from the assignment.

"When I made the assignment, I was upset and angry about a story I recently saw on the news. If any message appears, it is more of a message to myself, not to my students. I never meant to hurt or upset any students or parents," he said.

You can go here and click on the image of the puzzle at the articles url HERE to watch the video.

Wild Thing's comment.....

I say BS to the teacher (he said it was a message to himself) , he darn well knew what he was doing and what the finished puzzle would say. The video at the link gives more detail. I am proud of the kids that brought up what the teacher had done. It was a sly move on the teachers part and the asshole got caught, GOOD!

Posted by Wild Thing at November 18, 2006 12:47 AM


What is the world is that woman talking about. Sharon gave back the Gaza and Sumaria to the Palestinians. Which was won fair and square in the 67'(?) war Israel fought against the Arabs.

But this idea of a homeland for the Palestinians never has been about that, it has been from the beginning about destroying Israel.

The Israeli's need to get rid of Ohlmert and find another Golda Meir,(like BB Netanyahu) she didn't take any crap from the Palestinians.

She once said, "The wars we fought with the Arabs, we won, becasue we had a secret weapon, ...No alternative."

Posted by: Mark at November 18, 2006 10:45 AM

Wow. Great quote from Golda. Olhmert isn't in Golda's league. Didn't she also say that Israelis will be at war with Palestinians until Palestinians "love their children as much as we love ours"? Something like that.

What Chow Head did was typical of his kind, but he's also not very bright. Hidden messages? Why not cave painting? Sorcery? What a moron.

Posted by: Rhod at November 18, 2006 02:01 PM

How very facist of the teacher.

Posted by: raz0r at November 18, 2006 02:24 PM


The left is constantly defending the Islamo-fascits, as a religion of peace, we must be tolerant of their beliefs. They have even gone so far as to teach the Koran in OUR public schools, but they will sue us if our kids pray before a football game.

They are intolerant of Christians, and Jews when it comes to the holidays, and beliefs and the bible is always trashed when it comes to the left and the ACLU.(All Criminals Love Us). They fired the chief justice of Georgia for not removing the 10 commandments Yet it is OK to teach Jihad in the public schools.

Why is it they defend the guys in the black hoods but attck the ones in the white hoods. Is it me or is this the height of Liberal hypocrisy.

Heres another one Rhod:

"Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil."
Golda Meir

Posted by: Mark at November 18, 2006 04:18 PM

Isn't it sad? Children who conform to the teachers wishes get As and the children who do not conform get Cs or worse. I'd rather my children think and reason for themselves, not because of what some teacher told to them. I guess I'm raising a couple of nonconformists. But aren't we suppose to think for ourselves as we become adults and not become lemmings to what we hear and see on tv and radio? I'm very hopeful that this will cause more parents to turn in teacher misbehaviors. Teachers are simply going too far.

Posted by: Lynn at November 18, 2006 07:53 PM

Mark thank you so much, that was great!

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 19, 2006 01:59 AM

Rhod, hahahaha I love how you put that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 19, 2006 01:59 AM

razOr I am so glad I am not back in school. I would get in trouble for sure. haha No way could I sit still around these jerks for teachers they have so much of now.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 19, 2006 02:01 AM

One of my children recieved a lesser grade on an English assignment--a letter written from a young soldier serving in Vietnam, telling his younger brother to not register for the draft and run to Canada. My child wrote it the opposite--that it was a cause worth fighting for and the teacher graded her harshly for it. But she took the lesser grade and was very proud that she told it her way. She wasn't going to fall for the liberal bunk the teachers were feeding her.

Posted by: Lynn at November 19, 2006 08:21 AM

Grrrrrrr... poisoning of young minds. A good old fashioned house razing is in order in NC along with a tree swing.

Posted by: Jack at November 19, 2006 12:30 PM