This week, a teacher in Nashville, Tennessee ripped off her student's hijab and then posted a video of her "pretty hair" on Snapchat.1
This type of behavior deserves recourse that asserts a zero-tolerance policy from schools. Let's imagine ourselves in the student's shoes for a second. A young Muslim woman attending middle school, in the middle of a red state, living in Trump's America, is assaulted by her own teacher—who then publicizes the event on social media.
Since Trump's inauguration, there has been a 91% increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes compared to the same period of time before his presidency.2 Muslim students across the country have reported rising instances of bullying, and 20% of them have reported anti-Muslim hate against them in schools.3
Enough is enough. We're not willing to stand by as Muslim students are harassed—not just by their peers, but by teachers and administrators. Sign a petition now to demand the New Vision Academy Charter School fire the teacher immediately.
We will protect each other. We will defend our youth. We will demand that their safety is prioritized.
Kifah, Mohammad, Linda, and the MPower Change team
1. "Nashville Teacher Suspended After Student's Hijab Ripped Off" Antioch Patch, Nov 9, 2017
2. "Under Trump, Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Have Increased at an Alarming Rate" Newsweek, Jul 17, 2017
3. "53% of Muslim students surveyed in California say they’ve been bullied over religion" OC Register, Oct 30, 2017