Some Riverheads Alumni Disappointed by Outrage Over Assignment

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- On Tuesday we introduced you to Kimberly Herndon, a parent upset about a school assignment asking students to copy the Shahada to better understand Arabic calligraphy. Herndon said, "I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion."

RHS alumna Grace Zimmerman

While some in the community agree with Herndon, others like Riverheads alumni Grace Zimmerman and Andy Boehm said they're embarrassed by all the outrage. They said they took the same class a few years ago.

"I was hoping that we've come further along in our community to be more open-minded," said Zimmerman.

Boehm said he's never heard of a similar reaction to this class in the past: "My sister went through this as well and we've never had any issues."

Zimmerman said it was one of the best experiences she had while in school: "It didn't hurt me or my faith to look outside and see different religions and see how they function."

Now a mother of two herself, she said she would be thrilled if her children were assigned the homework. "I would be so excited that they came home with this beautiful artistic value that they got to come home with a wonderful story about how they got to experience wearing a hijab," said Zimmerman.

While some said copying the Shahada was an attempt at religious indoctrination, Boehm said otherwise, "Ha ha, certainly not; if anything I feel like she was completely equal across the board."

They both praise the teacher for her work.