Muslim Student Called a “Fucking Terrorist” by her Classmate, Finds Herself Assaulted By Law Enforcement and Suspended from School

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A Muslim student of Apple Valley High in Minnesota has found herself suspended after allegations that she could not “calm down” after a bully called her a “fucking terrorist”. While our education systems purport the importance of anti-bullying in our nation’s schools, in this case, the victim was not only bullied by a fellow student but was reprimanded and assaulted for not being able to handle hateful vitriol directed at herself in stride. Attending to the incident was an officer of the law that took matters into his own hands, becoming a bully himself- and according to CAIR-MN, the student’s hijab was removed from her hair when the police officer exerted excessive force.

As MIC reports:

The Council of American Islamic Relations’ Minnesota Chapter is calling on law enforcement authorities to investigate an Apple Valley High School security guard and police officer for allegedly using excessive force on a female Muslim student after she faced Islamophobic harassment.

The Muslim civil rights group said a male classmate taunted the student, who wears the hijab, and called her “a fucking terrorist.” According to CAIR-MN, the student’s hijab was removed from her hair when the police officer exerted excessive force. She was later taken out of school and sent to her parents.

After the incident, school administrators met with the Muslim student and her family on Friday before suspending her for the rest of the school year, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported. CAIR-MN said following the altercation between the police officer and the student, the advocacy group received about a dozen complaints from Apple Valley High Muslim students who felt unsafe and concerned about the police officer.

“We are concerned about the apparent use of excessive force in this incident and about the suspension of the Muslim student, who appears to have been a victim of bullying,” CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said in a statement. “We are also concerned about the growing number of Muslim students who report feeling unsafe because of how this incident was handled by the school officers.”

According to Pioneer Press, Apple Valley High police spokesman Capt. Nick Francis said the police department has not yet received a formal discrimination or excessive force complaint. Francis said that the student was removed from school after the initial incident because she was unable to calm down.

Tony Taschner, a spokesman for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, said on Tuesday that data privacy laws prevent her from releasing information that involves a student’s data. Mic inquired about details of excessive force used on the student, the basis behind her suspension and if any initiatives were taken to alleviate the concerns of other Apple Valley High Muslim students.

“The incident is being investigated and data privacy laws prevent the district from commenting on matters involving individual student data,” Taschner said in an email.

What would you do if this was your child? Should the details of the matter be released in order to get to the bottom of what really happened and whether or not the officer was right to use the force he did? Or is it always unacceptable for an officer to conduct themselves in this manner, especially in the incident involves children and youth? What responsibility does the school have to make other Muslim students feel safe, and reiterate that that Islamophobia will not be tolerated at their school? Because at this rate, the reputation Apple Valley High has made for itself is that it is a school that turns a blind eye to the bigotry and bullying occurring within its very own halls.

(Article By Tasha Sharifa)

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