(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/28/15) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on public school officials in that state to address the issue of bullying of Muslim students after an incident in which a graduate of Colonia High School in Woodbridge Township who wears an Islamic head scarf reported that a photo of her was posted on social media with the word “Isis.”
â€œThis and other cases of bullies targeting Muslim students points to the need for a statewide review of policies and procedures relating to bullying,â€ said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. â€œStudents of all faiths and backgrounds must be able to achieve their full potential in a positive learning environment free of harassment and intimidation.â€
He noted that CAIRâ€™s California chapters will release a new report this week documenting bias-based bullying of American Muslim students in that state's schools.
A 2013 CAIR report documenting bias-based bullying of American Muslim students in California schools revealed that almost half of Muslim students said they had been subjected to some form of bias-based bullying.
To read the full 2013 report, go to: Growing in FaithÂ Â
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.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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