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Florida Muslims Seek Probe of Teacher’s Anti-Islam Remarks

The Florida office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on that state’s Levy
County School District to investigate allegations that a high school
teacher made Islamophobic comments to a Muslim student in her class and
ridiculed the girl’s name as being similar to that of former Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said that if
true, the allegations should result in disciplinary action against the teacher.

According to the 15-year-old girl’s family and written statements from four
non-Muslim students in a world history class at Chiefland High School in
Chiefland, Fla., the teacher said all Muslims are suicidal terrorists who
must kill at least one American. She also allegedly called the student
“[First name] Saddam Hussein” and suggested that other students stay away
from Muslims. The school is conducting an investigation of the incident
following a meeting Wednesday with the girl’s family.

“Students of all faiths must feel secure in their classrooms and should
never be subjected to religious, ethnic or racial harassment,” said CAIR-FL
Executive Director Altaf Ali. “School district officials must demonstrate
in concrete terms that these allegations will be investigated and that
appropriate action will be taken based on the results of that investigation.”

Ali added that CAIR publishes a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to
Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to prevent just such incidents. The
booklet is available by e-mailing: pubs@cair-net.org (Include name, address
and phone number when requesting the booklet.)

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT:
Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

 

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