A Utah school is apologizing to parents after students were asked to create a terrorism propaganda poster in class to help them understand the goals of groups such as the Islamic State and the methods they use to gain support.

Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey said the assignment at Salem Junior High School was canceled Thursday after several parents called to complain.

Hiskey says the assignment came from a first-year world civics teacher and was not part of official curriculum or approved by the school.

The assignment involved students doing a mock-up of a poster for one of the terrorist organizations studied in class, including IS.

Hiskey says World War II propaganda was also discussed.

She says the teacher is apologetic and has met with administrators but no disciplinary action is planned.

The poster assignment was first reported by KUTV-TV (http://bit.ly/1I28sm5).

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Information from: KUTV-TV, http://www.kutv.com/