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US teacher suspended after ripping off student’s hijab in viral video

NASHVILLE, US: A teacher was suspended after video footage showing her forcefully removing a schoolgirl hijab in front of other students and then ridiculing her.

A film of the girl clutching her head as the religious headscarf is pulled off, appeared on the educator’s Snapchat feed, alongside the caption “pretty hair”.

A second video was then posted with the caption: “Lol all that hair cover up!!!”

The video was recorded at the New Vision Academy Charter school in Nashville,  WSMV-TV reported.

The incident was first brought to light after someone spotted on the teacher’s Snapchat account and sent it to the Tennessee news channel.

Before their suspension, the teacher had denied making the video and said the girl’s hijab was not removed out of disrespect, said the school’s head, Tim Malone.

They have nonetheless been suspended without pay while the incident is investigated. The teacher remains suspended for five days.

“The actions depicted in the Snapchat video do not reflect the values, culture or climate of New Vision Academy,” Mr. Malone said in a statement.

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