A teacher in a Gwinnett County, Georgia middle school asked a Muslim eighth-grader in front of the entire class if she had a bomb in her backpack.
The father of the 13-year-old girl who attends Shiloh Middle School is understandably angry after his daughter was singled out in science class, according to CBS 46.
The girl’s older sister recalled what the teacher asked her sibling.
“Why do you have your book bag over your shoulders? Is there a bomb in there?” repeated Anab Osman, “It came out of nowhere. My sister was in shock.”
Abdirizak Aden, who was born in Somalia, said that on Monday his 13-year-old daughter who wears the hijab, said she remained silent after the bizarre question was presented to her.
Mr. Aden says his daughter was singled out because she is a Muslim and wears a headscarf.
CBS 46 reports:
Aden’s daughter called him from school and said she was so embarrassed, she wanted to go home. That’s when her father went straight to the school to confront the teacher in person. He said he was originally brushed off by the office staff. It wasn’t until his second visit that he succeeded in meeting with the assistant principal and the teacher.
“She said she was joking. Then I said to her, ‘Do you know what’s going on in America? You’re not supposed to joke like this,'” Aden said.
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The young student, who is not identified because of her age, said the teacher called her out into the hallway where the ‘educator’ said she knew her joke went too far, especially because of “the things happening in the world right now,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“It was very disrespectful,” the 13-year-old said.
“I came there to learn… At the end of the day I will still get my A or B and leave her class,” she added.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
“I was upset,” said Aden, who lives in Snellville and works as a truck driver and grocery store owner. “I was going to take my daughter out (of that school). “
“We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America,” he said. “I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think they are better than other people. I don’t want nobody to treat them like that.”
“My daughter wanted to know why she was asking her that,” the father said.
Mr. Aden said his daughter was upset when she texted him to tell her father about the incident so he went to the school to see what happened and was told that it was just a mistake.
Although the school district apologized for the teacher’s comments, the teacher was also defended, saying she did not make the comment with ‘ill intent.’
Sure, she didn’t mean any ill will while essentially calling a student a terrorist in front of the entire classroom.
School district representatives said they plan to talk to the teacher about her comment and we’re sure they’ll give her a stern talking to (wink wink).
Both father and daughter have said they forgive the teacher.
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