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teacher sacked for discriminating against muslim students in Florida school

Teacher sacked for discriminating against Muslim students in Florida school

In the United States, school children belonging to Muslim families have increasingly been reporting instances of anti-Muslim hatred in schools.

According to a recent report of the Progress in the Shadow of Prejudice, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has noted a staggering 63 percent increase in reports of anti-Muslim hatred from schoolchildren.

Bullying in schools and the use of Islamophobic material in classrooms is alarming. While we are pleased to see a decline in government-led incidents, children have become the main targets of Islamophobic hatred,” CAIR’s Research and Advocacy Director Corey Saylor said.

He mentioned an incident that occurred in October 2022. It involved an Afghan girl, a 9th grade student at a Maryland high school, who was subjected to violence by other students when she entered the bathroom to fix her headscarf.

The girl tried to escape, but the door was locked on her by a school attendant.

In another incident, a school teacher in Florida obstructed three Muslim students who were praying. The moment was captured on video and it went viral online.

The teacher was heard saying: “I believe in Jesus so I’m interrupting the floor.”

The upward trend in anti-Muslim behavior continues in other areas such as banking, with accounts being opened and closed on religious beliefs making financial transactions a major challenge for Muslims.

The Institute for Social Policy conducted a survey in March this year and noted that financial institutions cause challenges for 27 percent of Muslims in the US.
According to Saylor, laws such as the Patriot Act, which came into force in the US after 9/11, gave intelligence agencies wide-ranging surveillance powers and facilitated discrimination.

Islamophobia continues to prevails in the United States causing embarrassment to the Muslims, including the school children.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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