Principal Muhammad al-Salad Forced Halal Menu on West Virginia Elementary Students-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Muhammad al-Salad, the principal of Pratchett-Kline Elementary School in Bluefield, West Virginia, forced a halal menu on students as "a matter of inclusion."
There's no truth to rumors that Principal Muhammad al-Salad forced a halal menu on West Virginia elementary school students. That rumor started with America's Last Line of Defense, a "satirical" website known for misleading readers.
The man pictured in the meme is not Muhammad al-Salad (a name that includes an obvious food pun). Rather, it's former al-Qaeda recruiter Jesse Morton
. He spent time in federal prison for recruiting extremists through his Brooklyn-based website Revolution Muslim. Morton later became an FBI informant — but he ran into legal troubles again in January 2017 when he was charged with drug and prostitution charges
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False claims that Principal Muhammad al-Salad forced a halal menu on West Virginia Elementary Students came from a "satirical" website.[/caption]
The meme originated at America's Last Line of Defense. The website describes its content as "satire," but readers often mistake it for factual news
. There have been similar false rumors over the years, too. Claims that a Quebec mayor
refused to remove pork from schools there has been heavily trafficked over the years.
The rumor builds on an earlier false report that Pratchett-Kline Elementary School in Blue Field, West Virginia, hired a Muslim principal. The story goes that the principal said "Sharia is and will be the law." Turns out there is no Pratchett-Kline Elementary School
in Blue Field. Both of these rumors are false.