A Muslim mother wants a teacher to “pay” for allegedly pulling a hijab from her second-grade daughter’s head last week — and the New Jersey branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the teacher fired, WABC-TV reported.
But the attorney for the teacher is telling a very different story about what happened at Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood, the station said. . .
Attorney Samantha Harris, who represents the teacher in question, issued a statement to WABC response to the allegations:
This is not a story about a teacher who forcibly removed a student’s hijab. This is a story about social media, misinformation, and what happens when people publicize rumors without any knowledge of or regard for the truth. [The teacher] did not, as has been alleged, forcibly remove a student’s hijab or tell a student that she should not have to wear a hijab. In accordance with school policy, [the teacher] directed a student in her class to pull down the hood on what appeared to be a hooded sweatshirt because it was blocking her eyes — and immediately rescinded that request when she realized that the student was wearing the hood in place of, rather than on top of, her usual hijab. The misinformation shared on social media has caused tremendous harm to [the teacher] — a teacher who, after more than 30 years of devoting her heart and soul to children of all backgrounds, has now had to ask for police protection due to the threats she is receiving following the dissemination of false information on social media.
The station said it wasn’t identifying the teacher because the school district has not confirmed the teacher’s identity. (Read more from “Muslim Mother Wants Teacher to ‘Pay’ for Allegedly Pulling Hijab From Her Second-Grader’s Head. But Teacher’s Lawyer Tells Very Different Story.” HERE)
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