Georgia Teacher Investigated After Asking Muslim Student If Backpack was Bomb
An eighth grade Muslim student’s parent is angry after one of his daughter’s teachers asked if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Somalia native Abdirizak Aden claims his 13-year-old daughter was stopped by one of her Shiloh Middle School teachers. That’s when the teacher asked Aden’s daughter, who wears a hijab, what she was had in her book bag. When the student said nothing, the teacher openly suggested that Aden’s daughter was hiding a bomb in it.
The student said the teacher later apologized to her in private, saying that she’d taken her “joke” too far — especially considering “the things happening in the world right now.” However, the teenager still thought “it was very disrespectful.”
“We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America,” Aden told the Journal-Constitution. “I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think they are better than other people. I don’t want nobody to treat them like that.”
According to Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesperson Sloan Roach, the incident did occur and the school has investigated the matter. “The remark was not appropriate,” he noted, adding that the investigation concluded the teacher’s comment did not stem from “ill intent.”
Principal Eli Welch III oversaw the investigation and personally apologized to Aden and his daughter. In turn, the pair forgave the offending teacher.
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