An Islamic support group and the family of a suspect in the aborted plot to attack Fort Dix yesterday accused Cherry Hill school officials of trying to conceal an alleged assault on the suspect's 12-year-old sister at a township middle school in September.
"New Jersey CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) is very concerned that school officials told the victim not to report the incident to anyone after a couple of days of investigating the assault," the organization's communications director, Afsheen Shamsi said at a news conference at CAIR-NJ's office in Montgomery.
School district officials denied the allegation, but acknowledged the incident was not promptly reported to authorities.
The incident occurred Sept. 19 when the 12-year-old sister of Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, one of six suspects in the aborted plot to at tack soldiers at Fort Dix, was accosted in a hallway of the Carusi Middle School by a teenager she did not recognize.
"He grabbed her from behind and he chokes her and tells her there is a terrorist on the loose," the girl's 19-year-old sister, Inas Shnewer, said yesterday. She said the assailant then punched her sister in the face and said, "Your brother will never come back." (MORE)