HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A parent of a student at a middle school in California is expressing concern after a Seventh Grade teacher recently had the class sing about Islam.
The unnamed teacher at Springview Middle School in Huntington Beach changed the lyrics to the popular secular tune “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and made the song into one about Muslims. She stated that she wanted to use a catchy song to teach the students about the Islamic religion.
“Like how a single faith/Can make a heart open/They might only have one god/but they can make an explosion,” she altered the lyrics to read. “This is their fight song/Spread Islam now song/Prove that they’re right song.”
But when parent Nichole Negron, whose son attends the school, found out that the class had been singing the song, she was concerned. She and her mother learned about the tune after the boy accidentally brought home a journal from class that had the lyrics pasted inside.
“The kids keep a journal in their class of what they’re learning. It’s like a study guide to help them study for their tests,” she explained to the Surf City Chronicles. “When I was looking through it, I came across a song that was rewritten from a popular song on the radio.”
“It’s very concerning because the lyrics come off to me like preaching the religion and basically telling my son and other children to spread Allah’s word, and they should follow,” she continued.
Negron said that she approached the teacher and an assistant principal about her concerns, but did not get anywhere.
Therefore, she and her mother Susan spoke before the Ocean County School Board on Tuesday to raise awareness about the matter.
“I believe that by singing this song, the children feel comfortable believing that maybe Allah is the only god, and maybe that they should start following him,” Negron told reporters. “And that I’m not OK with.”
She also found a stick figure drawing in the journal that raised concern as well, part of which had the words “Believe in Allah! There is no other god” in a bubble above one of the figures.
The district has now issued an apology over the situation and is looking further into the matter.