The sister of one of the so-called Fort Dix Six says she was the victim of a hate crime at her South Jersey school.
The girl's brother and five other men face charges for a plot to attack soldiers. The victim's sister, who did not want to be identified, spoke out today.
At the headquarters of the Council on American Islamic Relations the family of a 12-year-old student at Carusi Middle School in Cherry Hill took center stage. The family says a teenage boy attacked the girl near her locker on September 19th. The boy allegedly told the girl, "There's a terrorist on the loose."
The victim's sister said the boy grabbed the girl from behind and choked and punched the girl.
The child's brother, Mohammad Shnewer, is one of the Fort Dix Six arrested in May for plotting to massacre soldiers at Fort Dix. The Shnewers say the girl went to school officials the next day but claimed they tried to sweep the incident under the rug.
The girl's sister said, "The guidance councilor asked her if she would promise not to tell anyone about what happened to her."
The Cherry Hill School District tells Action News that the allegations are being investigated and that law enforcement officials are involved. A spokeswoman would not comment specifically about the case, but issued a statement saying: "The Cherry Hill School District has zero tolerance for acts of violence, harassment, and racial/ethnic bias."
Family members say they want answers from the school district about how this incident was handled. In the meantime the 12-year-old girl has been taken to Jordan by her mother temporarily to get away from the atmosphere of fear she's been feeling since the incident occurred. (MORE)