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Virginia schools closed, events canceled over anger at Islam homework

Virginia schools closed, events canceled over anger at Islam homework

A Virginia school district closed its campuses Friday and canceled a weekend holiday concert and athletic events amid an angry backlash about a school lesson involving the Islamic faith.

School officials in the Shenandoah Valley said they had not received any specific threats but were alarmed by the volume and tone of the complaints, including some from outside Virginia, according to news reports. In response, additional police were stationed at county schools Thursday.

In a statement, Augusta County school officials said: "We regret having to take this action, but we are doing so based on the recommendations of law enforcement and the Augusta County School Board, out...

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