Protestors swarmed outside a new Arabic kindergarten and pre-K school in Houston, Texas, on the first day of class, yelling inflammatory remarks in a video (below).
"Everything I ever cared to know about Islam was taught to me by Muslims on 9-11-2001," said one sign outside of Houston Independent School District's new Arabic Immersion Magnet School, Chron reports.
In the video, a couple of protestors wave flags at straggling families who walk by to drop off their children.
"No Arabic should be taught to children in school," one man yelled. "Forcing a child to speak Arabic should be against the law."
“It is a shame that Houston ISD has a board full of trustees bent on promoting the global citizen instead of teaching love for country,” Liz Theiss, who organized the protest, told Stop The Magnet. "It is evident by their actions that they care less about the educational needs of the students in their district and more about their political agendas and careers."
Many protestors waved American and Israeli flags, yelling that the school was Anti-American, and proclaiming that immigrants should be "assimulted," although they did not take issue with any other similar immersion schools in the area, reports Chron.
Arabic is the second most common language other than English spoken by families in the district, although Principal Kate Adams noted that the school demographics "represent the diversity of Houston," and most of the young students are African American, Latino, or Caucasian.
Officials say that most of the students were inside by the time approximately 30 protestors assembled to heckle parents just before 8 a.m.
"Question 44 #HISD Arabic school protestors: Are also you protesting US military, CIA, and Christian mission groups for teaching the language?" Jason Spencer tweeted Monday.
Students study half of each day in Arabic and the other half in English, the same as other HISD immersion schools. According to Adams, students will be speaking Arabic by the second semester.
The district hopes to expand.