A public school in Blaine has agreed to improve its internal communications and to revamp its geography curriculum to include world religions after an allegation of Anti-Muslim harassment last month.

An eighth-grade Muslim girl reported that on Sept. 11 last year, a fellow student called her a “terrorist.” Other Muslim students complained that they were taunted and told to go back to their country. They allegedly reported the incident to a school counselor, who didn’t take any action.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) announced in a statement that Westwood Middle School will create a “school climate task force” comprised of staff and students to “assess changes that may be needed to make the school a better place for all.”

CAIR-MN said the district is also planning to hire a diversity coordinator in the wake of this incident.

“We thank Westwood Middle School officials for their prompt and professional handling of these reported incidents and appreciate the comprehensive nature of the steps taken to promote diversity and mutual respect,” CAIR-MN Vice Chair Thasneem Ahmed said in a statement.

In an interview with Minnesota Monitor last month, school Superintendent Don Helmstetter said he will do everything in his capacity to resolve the incident.

“We are treating this incident very seriously,” he said.


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