FL Muslim students kicked off bus 5 miles from home
The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) is calling for an investigation of two incidents in which some 20 Muslim middle school students were either removed from or kept from boarding school buses in Jacksonville, Fla.
On Wednesday, a driver taking the Muslim children home from school claimed they were “talking loudly” and ordered them, but not other non-Muslim students, to get off the bus. Some of the children, who are recent immigrants from the Middle East and Central Asia, were forced off the bus at school while others were allegedly removed five miles from their regular stop. Those children had to walk home. “Our legs were hurting”¦When we came home we were crying,” said one of the students.
This morning, another driver allegedly refused to let these same children board the bus going to school. Other non-Muslim children who were waiting for the bus at the same stop were reportedly allowed to board.
CAIR-FL is demanding that the Duval County School District and the bus company initiate a full investigation of these incidents. The group said both drivers should be immediately suspended pending the results of the investigation.
“The school district needs to send a clear message that anti-Muslim bigotry will not be tolerated,” said Jacksonville resident and CAIR-FL chairman Parvez Ahmed.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.