CAIR-CA: Muslims to Support Student Grilled By FBI
16-year-old was questioned after doodling “PLO” on a notebook two years earlier
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 2/19/06) – On February 21, parents, local citizens and civil rights activists will attend a meeting of the Elk Grove Board of Education to urge the board to enforce its own policy on law enforcement interviews of students after a troubling incident that occurred at Calvine High School last fall.
In an apparent violation of school board policy, administrators allowed FBI agents to question high school student Munir Rashed at school without first notifying his parents. The interview was prompted by Munir’s doodle of the word “PLO” on a notebook two years before, which the boy’s family suspects a teacher reported to the FBI.
Community members say that the parental notification policy is crucial in keeping parents involved in their children’s education, and in enabling parents to protect their children’s rights. In a letter sent to the Elk Grove school board in December, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) and the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) criticized school officials for their handling of the incident. In its response, the school district denied any wrongdoing.
WHAT: Elk Grove Board of Education Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Board Room, Education Center, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624
CONTACT: CAIR-SV, Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269, or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
LCCR, Alexandra Gross 415-543-9444 or Shirin Sinnar at 408-813-1259