Some California schools get an “F” for teaching tolerance, an Islamic civil liberties group is saying. The Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) says it’s hearing from students and their parents saying that children are being verbally harassed and tagged with labels like “terrorist” or “jihadi,” just for being Muslim. Girls have reported being physically assaulted for wearing hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women.
They’re appealing to the public, asking Southern Californians to report school bullying against Muslims, whether they’ve filed a complaint or are just documenting the incident. Parents should educate themselves and their children about bullying, request and read school policies on bullying and harassment and know the complaint process, the group says. They can also request a copy of CAIR’s “Educators’ Guide to Islamic Religious Practices” (copies of the guide can be requested from CAIR’s Washington D.C. office by calling 202-488-8787.)
CAIR-LA’s call to action is one of many across the country. (More)