Posted: Mar 29, 2013 9:05 AM
Updated: Mar 29, 2013 8:09 PM
FLOUR BLUFF -- At the school board meeting Thursday night, parents spoke out against a controversial video and quiz that some say blames the United States for the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The video, produced by Pennsylvania-based SAFARI Montage, was shown to students at several Flour Bluff schools in September. The half-hour-long video, which was replayed at the meeting, educates students about the events of September 11, but some parents say it blames the United States for the attacks.
In the video, a girl asks an adult about the attacks. The adult responds by saying that some people think the United States misuses its power.
The corresponding quiz, which was created by SAFARI Montage, asks "Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?" The correct answer, according to the quiz creators, is "[because] Decisions we make in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere."
Kara Sands, whose son watched the video and took the quiz, has appeared on national media outlets criticizing the video. She told the school board the video never be shown in classrooms again.
"I see it's worse than I thought. It prefaces with, 'we can see what really happened or why it happened, and then we can move on.' It talks about things that we have done, decisions that we have made is the reason why."
The school district released an email apology it received from SAFARI Montage which reads in part: "On behalf of Schlessinger media and SAFARI Montage, I apologize sincerely for the wording of that question, and any misunderstanding or distress it caused. It will be revised, and the revision will be available for Flour Bluff I.S.D. in a future SAFARI Montage update."
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