CAIR-San Diego Asks FBI, Police to Probe Threat Against Muslim School as Hate Crime

SD-Islamic-school(SAN DIEGO, CA, 5/21/13) -- The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) today called on the San Diego Police Department and the FBI to treat a bomb threat targeting the Islamic School of San Diego (ISSD) as a hate crime.

On May 18, ISSD received three threatening phone calls from an anonymous woman recorded on the school's answering machine that stated in part, "I'm going to throw a bomb in your f**king school."

ISSD officials reported the incident to the San Diego Police Department and the FBI.

"Because of this and other reported threats, we urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the incident as a hate crime," said CAIR-San Diego Civil Rights Director Sadaf Hane. 

A previous phoned bomb threat was receive by the ISSD following the Boston Marathon bombings. The ISSD board and staff have been working with law enforcement to review safety and security protocols for their school.

Islamic institutions and members of the Muslim community are being urged to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR's "Muslim Community Safety Kit."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Civil Rights Director Sadaf Hane, 858-278-4547, [email protected]