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CAIR-San Diego to Call for Probe of Bullying Targeting Muslim Student at Greenfield Middle School

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 7/31/2018) – On Wednesday, August 1, the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will hold a news conference to call for an independent investigation of reports of bullying targeting a Muslim student at Greenfield Middle School in El Cajon, California.

At the news conference, CAIR-San-Diego will also call on other students who may have been bullied at the school or in the Cajon Valley School District to come forward.

CAIR-San Diego received a report that an 8th grader and recently arrived refugee from Syria has been targeted and bullied for the past year and a half. Even after her parents complained to the school, eight students allegedly followed the student home and attacked her, her mother and her father.

At the news conference, CAIR-San Diego will provide details of the allegations.

WHAT: CAIR-San Diego Press Conference to Call for Probe of Bullying of Muslim Student at Greenfield Middle School
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 1, 11 a.m.
WHERE: CAIR-San Diego Office, 7710 Balboa Avenue, Suite 326, San Diego, CA 92111
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Advocacy and Policy Coordinator Mejgan Afshan, (858) 278-4547, mafshan@cair.com

A study by CAIR’s California chapter reported that more than half of American Muslim students experience some form of bullying based on their religious identity. This is twice the national average for students who report being bullied at school.

SEE: 2017 CAIR-CA Bullying Report

Data show cases of anti-Muslim bullying in schools on the rise

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is also calling for diversity training for all school staff using CAIR’s “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

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