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CAIR Welcomes Support for New Mexico Muslim Student Bullied Over Hijab 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed community support for a New Mexico Muslim student who was bullied over her religious head scarf, or hijab. 

Students and staff at Camino Real Middle School in Las Cruces offered support for the seventh-grade student after other students reportedly called her a “terrorist” and taunted her with Islamophobic slurs. 

Bullied for wearing a hijab: How a school came together to protect a classmate 

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/2021/10/08/camino-real-students-take-stance-against-islamophobia/6023008001/

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said: 

“We welcome the support shown for this student who faced Islamophobic bullying and urge educators in New Mexico and nationwide to address the growing bullying faced by Muslim and other minority students.” 

SEE: CAIR Marks Beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month with Resource Doc for Schools to Combat Anti-Muslim Bullying 

Earlier today, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) called for the immediate firing of a Maplewood, N.J., teacher for allegedly pulling off the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, of a 2nd grade Muslim student. 

SEE: CAIR-NJ Calls for Immediate Firing of Teacher Who Allegedly Pulled Off Muslim Student’s Hijab  

Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.     

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.           

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CONTACT:  CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com     

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