Seven year old Pakistani boy beaten for being Muslim in US
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) USA on Tuesday called for investigation into an alleged assault on a seven year old Muslim student of Pakistani origin, ARY News reported.
The boy, according to his father, was bullied and beaten by his own classmates in school bus for being a Muslim.
“Welcome to the United States of America of Donald Trump. Meet my son Abdul Aziz. He is in grade 1, bullied and beaten by his own classmates in school bus for being a Muslim,” the boy’s father wrote in his Facebook post on October 8.
CAIR, US’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization on October 10, called for an investigation of the assault on the boy in North Carolina.
“The victim, an American citizen of Pakistani heritage and a student at Weatherstone Elementary School in Cary, N.C., was reportedly assaulted Friday afternoon by five other children riding in the bus who allegedly made references to Islam, Muslims and Pakistan during the attack. The victim was too traumatized to give a detailed report on the attack,” said the statement released by CAIR.
In a letter to Wake County Public School System Superintendent Dr. James Merrill, CAIR wrote in part:
“The report of this alleged attack comes at a time of increasing bullying of Muslim students nationwide. We urge you to investigate this disturbing incident and to take appropriate actions based on the results of that investigation. All students, regardless of faith or ethnicity, must feel safe in their learning environment.”
Local police have also been notified of the alleged assault.
CAIR’s California chapter recently welcomed the signing of “Safe Place to Learn” legislation designed to protect vulnerable Muslim and Sikh students who are facing bullying in schools.
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