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Lumberton super defends religious curriculum
by Sarah Moore
For a second time in recent months, a Hardin County school district has grabbed national attention over a volatile mix of education and religion, but the district maintains it did nothing improper.
After a photo went viral of several Lumberton High School students wearing burqas, traditional Islamic women's garb, April LeBlanc said her daughter called her from school in tears because administrators asked her to sign a statement saying she was not forced to don the garment.
Not long after that, Fox News, Huffington Post and other national medial had latched onto the story, which had grown to include the accusation that a teacher told students to refer to the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks as "freedom fighters."
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