US Teacher Asks Muslim Girl If There’s A Bomb In Her Backpack

Racial discrimination is an upsetting occurrence, and unfortunately, it’s nothing new. With the rise of ISIS this past year and the terrifying attacks they have pulled off in the past several months, people have become especially wary of Muslims — despite the act of singling out these people being more incorrect than anything.

One young Muslim middle-school student became a victim of such racial discrimination when her teacher inquired if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack. Abdirizak Aden, born in Somalia and the father of the aforementioned student, said the teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County stopped his 13-year-old daughter — who wears a hijab — and asked if she had a bomb.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Aden’s daughter was extremely upset by her teacher’s comment, prompting the concerned father to pay the school a visit himself and investigate. “I was upset,” he said. “I was going to take my daughter (out of that school).”

“We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America,” he added. “I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think they are better than other people.”

Of the incident, the victimized student said, “It was very disrespectful. I came there to learn… At the end of the day I will still get my A or B and leave her class.”

Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools, confirmed that the incident happened, stating, “The remark was not appropriate, but based on their conversation and investigation, school officials don’t believe it was made with ill intent.”

The school’s principal, Eli Welch III — who is now conducting an investigation and has spoken to both the faculty member and Aden — has apologized for the student’s mistreatment. Both the father and the student have said they forgive the teacher, however they request that the school implement further sensitivity training in the future.

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