Boy, 5, assaulted by teacher in US for ‘being Muslim’

The reporting of the alleged discrimination comes amid a notable spike in hate-crime incidents against the minority community following Donald Trump's election.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:November 24, 2016 4:38 pm
US Muslims, Hijab grab, US muslim assault, Donald trump, Trump muslims, CAIR, news, latest news, India news, national news The assaults at the David Cox Road Elementary School in north Charlotte started at the beginning of the school year, according to CAIR, but the latest incident occurred last week.

A 5-year-old Muslim kindergarten student was allegedly assaulted by a woman teacher who grabbed him by the neck and began choking him, the latest in a series of hate incidents reported in the US following Donald Trump’s win. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the country’s largest Muslim civil rights group, has called for an investigation into what it said were assaults by a female teacher on the Muslim kindergarten student at a Charlotte-
Mecklenburg elementary school in North Carolina.

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The assaults at the David Cox Road Elementary School in north Charlotte started at the beginning of the school year, according to CAIR, but the latest incident occurred last week, the Charlotte Observer reported.

“During the first two months of the school year, (the Muslim student) was subjected to relentless bullying and harassment not only by his classmates, but by (the teacher),” Maha Sayed, a civil rights lawyer for the organisation, wrote to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. For example, the teacher routinely singled out the student from his classmates and made him carry a heavy backpack throughout the day, Sayed wrote.

“The backpack contained a large textbook and headphones, which caused (the student) to develop significant back pain,” the letter alleged. The teacher “would also treat (the student) harshly and reportedly called him ‘bad Muslim boy’ on multiple occasions,” it said.

On November 16, according to the letter, the teacher “reportedly approached (the student)…grabbed him by the neck and began choking him. (Another teacher) then separated the two and began consoling (the student) who was crying and extremely shaken.”

The teacher who reportedly discriminated against the student was named by the New York Daily News as Alma Simpson. The group wants the student transferred “to a safe kindergarten classroom free from discrimination and
retaliatory actions.”

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students,” CMS spokeswoman Renee McCoy was quoted as saying. “CMS takes these allegations seriously and is currently investigating,” McCoy said. The reporting of the alleged discrimination comes amid a notable spike in hate-crime incidents against the minority community following Trump’s election. Many Muslim women have posted on social media describing ‘hijab grab’ attacks on them.

Also, ahead of the polls, a 7-year-old Pakistani-origin boy was allegedly beaten up by five classmates on a school bus in the US for being a Muslim.

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    Ajax Smith
    Nov 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    America is a racist county and has always been a racist country. America is built on racism. It was built on exterminating red people to make room for white people.lt;br/gt;Back then people admitted to being racist. America had a whites only immigration policy.lt;br/gt;Now racists are too cowardly and hypocritical to admit to being racists. So instead they pretend to attack brown people because they pretend to think that black or brown person is a Muslim. They do this so they can pretend they are not racist by saying "Muslim is not a race".
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      L bhadrapati Devi
      Nov 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm
      Be part of the established pluralistic value system rather than imposing and aggressing Islamic value to the host country.
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      L bhadrapati Devi
      Nov 24, 2016 at 11:36 am
      It is unbelievable report just to tarnish the image of American pluralistic society after Nationalist Donal Trump is elected.
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        sdas
        Nov 24, 2016 at 11:38 am
        Get your facts straight because CAIR is not an organization that reports fairly. Lies and propaa is what they rely on.
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          terimaakabhosda
          Nov 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm
          B@#)(andD...read the news....Its always christains, jews and hindus who transgress on Muslims land and when they are taught lesson by Muslims they play victims card.....Sanghi terrorist tooo are playing same victim card........bl**dy hypocrites
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          Vikram
          Nov 24, 2016 at 7:08 pm
          Racist Nation ... this way this country will go into a drain. How dare this lady teacher is still serving ... she must be imprisoned.
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            Guptan Veemboor
            Nov 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm
            If this is true then it is definitely bad. But I have a suion that CAIR exaggerates everything where a Muslim is involved. The such news mostly involving young children or girls.
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              Citizen
              Nov 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm
              Imagine the furore if this was a Brahmin or upper caste boy! The virus of racism is spreading an epidemic where a human refuses to recognize the basic fact that all human beings are same and equal.
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