Bullying among students is a common problem that many children face in school, but rarely is the teacher doing the bullying as was the case at an elementary school in Charlotte, North Carolina.
WBTV reported that a teacher at David Cox Road Elementary School was allegedly repeatedly assaulting a Muslim schoolboy during the course of the school year.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is demanding an investigation into what it calls assaults at the hand of the teacher.
“During the first two months of the school year, [the Muslim student] was subjected to relentless bullying and harassment not only by his classmates but by [the teacher],” Maha Sayed, a civil rights lawyer for CAIR said in a letter to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.
According to CAIR, the teacher would make the boy, whose name is Malik, wear a backpack filled with heavy textbooks and headphones. The teacher also singled out Malik as a “bad Muslim boy" on multiple occasions.”
The letter added that the teacher “reportedly approached [the student] … grabbed him by the neck and began choking him. [Another teacher] then separated the two and began consoling [the student] who was crying and extremely shaken.”
The organization is urging that Malik be removed from the teacher’s class “to a safe kindergarten classroom free from discrimination and retaliatory actions.”
The school district has responded that they plan to look into the incidents and have always prioritized the students’ welfare.
“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students,” CMS spokeswoman Renee McCoy said. “CMS takes these allegations seriously and is currently investigating.”
The bullying of young children is heartbreaking as it is. That this is happening at the hands of a teacher is appalling.
While the antipathy for the Muslim community has existed in hearts of many people, especially since 9/11, it’s likely that more people feel the freedom to voice it or act upon it after Donald Trump’s election.
Whether this teacher was inspired by the president-elect or not, it’s an alarming sign of what may come during his presidency.
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