A Facebook post shared by a White Hall High School (WHHS) administrator is getting national attention.
“It’s just completely inexcusable,” Shahriyar said.
Md Shahriyar is a 2016 WHHS graduate, and he’s also Muslim American.
Shahriyar’s friend showed him a picture shared by WHHS principal, Mark Jelks, on his Facebook page Sunday, March 24.
The shared post is pictured below:
“There are kids who are Muslims who go to White Hall High School, there’s quite a few, and I just can’t imagine what they’re feeling knowing that their principal doesn’t want them in the country, let alone the school,“ Shahriyar said.
On Thursday, March 28, the White Hall School District released a statement:
“The district is absolutely committed to being an inclusive, respectful, non-discriminatory environment that places the student first. We do not support or endorse statements to the contrary. We respect the religious backgrounds of all of our students and families, including those who choose not to believe. We will continue to ensure our staff receives high-quality professional development. As this is a personnel matter, the district cannot comment any further.“
“He’s creating division among students and the people of White Hall,“ Shahriyar said. “He should be uniting everybody.“
While opinions on the post are varied, Shahriyar is looking for an apology.
“Hopefully this doesn’t happen again to any school in any area,“ he said.
There is currently a formal complaint being drafted that will be sent to the Arkansas Department of Education.
Once it’s filed, and if there is an investigation, Fox 24 will not know until it’s concluded.
The Council on America-Islamic Relations out of Washington, D.C. has requested an investigation into the post by the principal.