Teacher Allegedly Asks Muslim Teen If There’s A Bomb In Her Backpack
First teenager Ahmed Mohamed brings a hand-made clock to school and gets arrested, now this. What gives? Really.
According to the New York Daily News, a teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Snellville, Georgia asked a Muslim student if there was a bomb in her backpack. Identified as eighth grader Faiza Osman,13, she was embarrassed by the rude comment the teacher blurted out in front of the classroom, telling the Daily News that students gasped in unison after. However, instead of fueling the teacher’s uncalled for antics, the students stuck up for her.
“Her saying that towards me was very disrespectful, but that won’t stop me from doing what I came to do, Osman said.
Osman who is a practicing Muslim and wears the hijab has been enrolled at Shiloh without any issues for the past three years. “I came in fifth grade, an in fifth, sixth and seventh, nobody ever said anything like that because they respect my religion.”
Officials for Gwinnett County Public Schools have since apologized for the happening, but there’s no word on how the teacher has been disciplined. Sloan Roach, a Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman told the Gwinnett Daily Post, “the remark was not appropriate, but based on their conversation and investigation” they don’t believe that the comment was made with “ill intent.” “…It’s not an appropriate remark to make to any child.”
Osman’s father, who wanted to pull her from the school immediately after receiving the news, was very upset about the insensitive comment. “We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America. I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think that they are better than other people.”