TAMPA, FL, 3/10/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today commended a Florida school district for the expected firing of a teacher who allegedly mocked and threatened a Muslim middle school student last month.
The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) said the School District of Hillsborough County has recommended the termination of the teacher who was under investigation for the alleged harassment. That school district’s decision apparently came after the teacher refused to cooperate with investigators.
The Muslim student said that the teacher mocked and made discriminatory remarks in front of his class because his name is Islam. He also said the teacher threatened him when he objected by saying, “If I make one phone call, you will not see the light of day.” The student’s story was later corroborated by the school’s principal and by other students in his class,
CAIR-FL sent a letter to school district Superintendent Earl Lennard asking for an investigation and disciplinary action against Wilson.
“We commend the swift and appropriate action of the School District of Hillsborough County,” said CAIR-FL Chairman Parvez Ahmed. “The district’s actions send a strong message that discrimination and threats will not be tolerated in our schools.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: “http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About