MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling out a north metro middle school for what it calls a “lack of response” following an alleged incident where a Muslim girl’s hijab was pulled off.
The girl’s family reports that the incident happened Friday at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids, CAIR-MN says, adding that the school didn’t respond until Tuesday.READ MORE: 'When Is Enough Enough?': Minneapolis Community Calls For Change After 2 Kids Shot In The Head
“School officials must take immediate actions to ensure that all students, regardless of their faith or ethnicity, are provided a safe learning environment,” said Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of CAIR-MN, in a statement. “It should not take days to respond to an apparently bias-motivated assault on a student.”READ MORE: Twin Cities Concert Bookers 'Working Fast And Furious' To Bring In Shows As COVID Restrictions End
The Anoka-Hennepin School District, of which Northdale is a part, released a statement in response to CAIR-MN’s accusations, saying that the story the group presents is inconsistent with the district’s understanding of the situation.MORE NEWS: 'It Was Love At First Sight': Amelia Santaniello's Love Letter To Minnesota
The district says that Northdale officials started an in-depth investigation promptly after hearing about the incident. Citing data privacy laws, however, the district didn’t detail what happened, only saying that it was was an isolated incident and not bias-motivated.