WHITE HALL, Ark.- It’s been a week since a White Hall principal drew criticism for sharing an anti-Islam post on Facebook.
On Wednesday, a group of Muslim students from Little Rock delivered flowers and a note with the principal’s name on it.
The teens say they wanted to apologize as Muslim- Americans for not doing enough to change high school principal Mark Jelks’ perception of their faith.
White Hall Superintendent Doug Dorris accepted the gift on Jelks’ behalf and said the students should not be apologizing for anything.
“We do understand that there are several unconscious biases and other factors that go into the way that Muslims are perceived,” says Waleed Masood, a Senior at Pulaski Academy. “Islams and Muslims, we’re not violent. We are forgiving, so we do understand where people come from.”
“We can all learn from anything that has happened in the past,” says Dorris. “For those kids to come in on their own, that speaks volumes.”
It’s unclear if or how Jelks will be disciplined. The superintendent called it a personnel matter.