Georgia teacher asks Muslim student if she’s carrying a bomb
By Ben Ariel
A middle school teacher in the state of Georgia has caused an uproar after asking a Muslim student if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack, reports The Associated Press (AP).
The father of the student, Abdirizak Aden, said the teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, stopped his 13-year-old daughter, who wears a hijab, and asked if she had a bomb.
He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper that his daughter was extremely upset by the comment and he went to the school to see what had happened.
“I was upset,” said Aden, according to AP. “I was going to take my daughter out (of that school).”
“We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America,” he continued. “I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think they are better than other people.”
Sloan Roach, a Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman, later said that the school’s principal has apologized to the family.
“The remark was not appropriate, but based on their conversation and investigation,” school officials don’t believe it was made with “ill intent,” Roach said, according to AP.
She said the comment came as
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