A teacher in the US state of Tennessee has been suspended after a video surfaced showing her ripping hijab off a student in her class.
The teacher’s Snapchat account posted two videos with the captions “pretty hair,” and “LOL all that hair cover up,” according to US media.
The incident was reported by a “concerned” user who sent to the local media. The teacher was suspended without any pay.
“The video depicts a criminal assault, evidently motivated by the religious identity of the student, which makes this a possible hate crime,” said the council’s senior litigation attorney, Gadeir Abbas, in the press release.
“We call on local law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident, determine who removed the student’s hijab, and take appropriate action to hold that person accountable.”
Various cases of attacks and discrimination on Hijab-clad woman have surfaced in Europe and the US over the years.
The number of hate crimes committed in the United States rose in 2016 for the second consecutive year, with African-Americans, Jews and Muslims targeted in many of the incidents, the FBI said on Monday in an annual report.—INP