Civil Rights organization urges youth to speak up, report incidents of bullying
(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/27/19) - The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released its “Know Your Rights as a Muslim Youth in School” guide for students preparing to return to school.
SEE: CAIR ‘Know Your Rights As A Muslim Youth in School’ Guide (Maryland Outreach)
The guide, available online and in print, covers the definition of bullying, students’ rights, how students can make a difference, and how CAIR can lend support.
The civil rights organization has reported an uptick in complaints about bullying of Muslim youth in recent years, particularly since the 2016 presidential election.
“Every child deserves to feel safe and supported in their learning environment, and that includes Muslim students,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “This guide is one component of a larger initiative being developed to eradicate bullying in schools. It is intended as a resource to educate, uplift and empower young members of our communities to maintain a proud and unapologetic Muslim American identity.”
Chaudry offered the following advice to parents and guardians as families gear up for the school year ahead:
- Maintain open lines of communication with your child. Make sure they understand that they can consider you an ally and resource so that if they have problems at school, they feel comfortable sharing them with you without being blamed or ignored.
- Meet with your child’s teachers, and make sure they specifically understand that you’d like to stay informed of any incidents in the classroom or on school property involving your child.
- Request a copy of the school’s official policy on bullying and any existing anti-bullying curriculum or initiatives to familiarize yourself and speak with your child about it.
- Contact CAIR at firstname.lastname@example.org schedule a free anti-bullying workshop in your community, to seek advice, or to report an incident or concern involving your child.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, email@example.com, 410-971-6062