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CAIR Attorneys, Muslim Family to Meet with Hayward School About Bullying Incident

CAIR logo(SANTA CLARA, CA, 3/23/16) – Later today, attorneys from the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will meet with Cesar Chavez Middle School regarding an incident of bullying targeting a Muslim student.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: CAIR-SFBA will hold a media availability outside the school following the meeting, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

The 13-year-old Bay Area student is speaking publicly about her experience being bullied after a classmate allegedly tugged at her hijab and called her a “terrorist.†The seventh-grader shared that she has been bullied for her religious beliefs for several years.

SEE: “Bay Area Muslim Student Says Classmate Pulled Her Hijab, Called Her a Terroristâ€

The girl is just one of several Muslim students who have been a target of faith based bullying in California. CAIR-CA published a report in 2015 that highlights many incidents of bullying state-wide.

SEE: “The Impact of School Bullying and Discrimination on California Muslim Studentsâ€

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Coordinator Brice Hamack, (425) 273-0473

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