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CAIR-MN Stands with Community's Position on Removing School Board Member Nichols

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/15/2015) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today stands in solidarity with the students, staff, administrators, and parents of Columbia Heights and shares similar sentiments from last night's school board meeting. 

Members of the community called for the removal of school board member Grant Nichols after community members spoke to a pattern of similar behavior by the board member. The board made a motion to remove Nichols from the school board. School board chair John Larkin pleaded with school board member Ted Landwehr to accept the reality that Nichols admitted to him that he made these Facebook comments. However, Landwehr voted against both motions of removal and censure. 

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CAIR-Kansas Applauds School’s Effort to Protect Muslim Student Harassed on 9/11 Anniversary

malik(KANSAS CITY, KS, 9/15/15) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today applauded the efforts of a school in that state to protect a Muslim student who was allegedly harassed and bullied on the recent anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

According to reports received by CAIR-Kansas, a 16-year-old Muslim student at Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kan. reported that he was sent harassing messages by other students on Thursday and Friday, and throughout the weekend. The hate-filled messages on social media included a warning not to attend school on the 9/11 anniversary. One of the harassing students made a mock advertisement stating “fly on in” for a September 11th deal.    

The bullying was so bad that a teacher let the Muslim student leave early on Friday, but the harassment continued at a football game that evening.

VIDEO:Muslim Student at Olathe East Harassed, Bullied on 9/11

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CAIR-MN Welcomes Probe of School Board Member's Anti-Muslim Facebook Post

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/14/2015) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed an investigation of an alleged anti-Muslim Facebook post by a member of the Columbia Heights, Minn., school board.

CAIR-MN said the board has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, September 15 (District Community Room, 1440 49th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, at 5:30 p.m.) to discuss the complaint about the alleged post, which disparaged bathroom habits of Muslims.

The school board member denies writing the comment, even though it appeared with his own Facebook credentials. It has since been deleted.

SEE:School Board Member Denies Authorship of Disparaging Comment (MPR)

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CAIR Asks Va. School Board to Address Chair’s Anti-Muslim Post at Monday Meeting

cheasapeakeschoolweb(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/13/2015) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it has asked a Virginia school board to allocate time at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday to address a request for an investigation of anti-Muslim Facebook post shared by the board’s chairwoman.

CAIR previously called for the investigation of the post, shared by Chesapeake Public Schools Board Chair Christie New Craig, which shows a skull with crossed military-style knives and a woman stating: "Muslims hate pork, beer, dogs, bikinis, Jesus, and freedom of speech. My question is, what the hell do they come to America for?!"

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