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CAIR Condemns Possible Hate Crime at a West Virginia High School Basketball Game

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/21/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a possible hate crime at a West Virginia high school basketball game. 

Before the Wyoming East-Westside High School game in Clear Fork, W.V., a biracial player found a drawing of a stick figure with his name on it hanging from a noose in the guest locker room. The same athlete had reportedly been targeted with racist chants before last year’s Wyoming East-Westside game.

SEE: Possible hate crime under investigation ahead of Wyoming East- Westside basketball game

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said: 

“We urge the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department to take this situation seriously and investigate it as a possible hate crime. Students who target others for racist harassment or intimidation must be held accountable so this unacceptable behavior does not become normalized.â€Â 

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Nebraska Synagogue

CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Indiana Official Who Called Muslims ‘Goat

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,


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