A Muslim student’s hijab was allegedly ripped off and her hair pulled down by a classmate at a school in Minnesota, USA. The school is facing sharp backlash following an incident for what it calls a “lack of response”.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the girl’s family reported the incident Friday at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids. They add the school did not respond until Tuesday.
The family of the student reported to CAIR that a classmate came up behind the student, removed her hijab and threw it on the ground, then pulled her hair down in front of other students.
The incident is the latest in a series of assaults and threats reported against headscarf-wearing women in the US following Donald Trump’s win. A press release by CAIR says that the girl has not returned to Northdale Middle School, where she feels unsafe.
Executive Director of CAIR-Minnesota demanded that the school officials must take immediate actions to ensure that all students, regardless of their faith or ethnicity, are provided with a safe learning environment.
“The preliminary findings of the investigation indicate that this was isolated and not motivated by bias,” a statement by the Anoka-Hennepin School District, of which Northdale is a part, reads.
The Northdale incident is one of the several cases of harassment reported at Minnesota schools following the election.a slew of incidents of intimidation and assaults have been reported across the country against hijab-clad women post-election.
Last week a Muslim student of Michigan University was approached by an unidentified man who yelled at her and threatened to set her on fire if she did not remove her hijab.
A Muslim high-school teacher in Georgia was told to hang herself in the same week with her headscarf in a handwritten anonymous note she received in her classroom.