Texas: A 6-year-old Muslim student with Down Syndrome in Texas was allegedly called a terrorist by his American teacher.
The teacher at C. J. Harris Elementary School in Pearland reportedly told police the student, who has speech difficulties, had said: “Allah” and “boom” in class.
“It’s not true, he doesn’t speak at all,” the boy’s father Maher Suleiman told local outlet KRIV, adding that “He needs care all the time,” owing to both speech and intellectual disabilities, according to media reports.
“She claimed he was a terrorist,” Maher said. “This is so stupid; it’s discrimination. Actually, it’s not implied discrimination; it’s actual discrimination.”
The substitute teacher’s accusation reportedly prompted a police investigation, but authorities told Bustle they had "determined it was not a police matter.”
It is understood that Child Protective Services is investigating the incident.
“The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life,” the boy’s father told KRIV. “My wife and kids were crying a few days ago, and I told them everything is fine.”
A spokesperson for the district education authority said it was unable to release information on individual students due to privacy laws. The Pearland Police Department said it has concluded its investigation and found no need for further action.
But the region's Child Protective Services department said its investigation is ongoing. Islamophobia has been on the rise in the U.S. in the past several years, boosted by the election of Donald Trump as president and his discriminative political rhetoric, as well as the media bias against Muslims and Islam.
According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), "The number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 spiked 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016."
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