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CAIR-Florida Launches Statewide Survey on Bullying of Muslim Students

CAIR logo(TAMPA, FL, 8/10/2016) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today announced the statewide release of a survey on bullying targeting Muslim students.

The survey seeks to shed light on Muslims being victimized for their race, religion or national origin.

Thania Clevenger, CAIR-FL's civil rights director, stated: “This type of bullying happens from students and, unbelievably, from teachers. If you've ever been a victim of discrimination because of your race, religion or national origin, take the time to fill out our survey monkey. It's important to have your input so we can start this hard conversation.”

The survey is online for students from elementary to high school level.

LINK TO SURVEY: www.cairflorida.org/bullying

CAIR-Florida will be promoting the bullying survey by releasing the video, “Has This Ever Happened to You?” The video educates students about how to take action against bullying.

SEE: Join CAIR-Florida's Statewide Bullying Survey (Video)

Also, CAIR-FL will be distributing printed materials on bullying throughout the state and will visit schools personally to advocate the bullying survey.

Bullying issues with Florida Muslim students have been reported in the media:

Weston Teacher Faces Discipline Over Alleged Slur of Muslim student  

Anti-Muslim School Bullying: Sometimes, It's Even the Teachers Doing It

CAIR's California chapter published a report in 2015 based on a similar survey that highlighted incidents of bullying statewide.

SEE: The Impact of School Bullying and Discrimination on California Muslim Students

CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices 

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, wruiz@cair.com, 305.502.6749; CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Director, Thania Diaz-Clevenger, tclevenger@cair.com, 813.514.1414

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