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NJ police opens inquiry into allegations teacher forcibly removed student’s hijab

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — A New Jersey police division has opened an inquiry into allegations {that a} instructor eliminated a hijab off a scholar’s head in school.

The South Orange and Maplewood Faculty District has paused their inner investigation into the discrimination allegations as Maplewood Police Division leads their very own inquiry, in keeping with a letter despatched by the varsity district. 

Zaynab Wyatt stated her 7-year-old daughter was traumatized after her second grade instructor at Seth Boyden Elementary faculty in Maplewood snatched her hijab off the lady’s head in the course of class final week.

Final Wednesday’s incident went viral after Olympic medal-winning fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad posted about it on social media, inflicting an uproar, and prompting requires the instructor to be fired.

An legal professional for the instructor launched a press release following the allegations, saying the claims being made are 100% not true. However in keeping with an legal professional for the Wyatt household, the varsity district has been plagued with a collection of comparable incidents of discrimination in recent times, that haven’t been addressed.

Within the letter despatched out by the district, the superintendent stated the varsity district’s workplace and Seth Boyden’s essential workplace has been flooded with a whole bunch of calls and hundreds of emails from individuals exterior the neighborhood and state.

“A few of the correspondences have been threatening, disrespectful, and vulgar in nature,” he added.

He additionally acknowledged these allegations can spark conversations with youngsters at dwelling and though it might be uncomfortable, they are often invaluable, “teachable moments” for everybody.

“Seth Boyden Elementary Faculty is an atmosphere that has historically been devoted to sustaining a tradition of wellness, variety, and security that creates a constructive atmosphere for its college students to succeed on campus and of their private lives.   Every day, their devoted directors, employees, college students and oldsters attempt to uphold these values and enhance our neighborhood.  We need to particularly thank Seth Boyden’s directors and employees for guaranteeing that within the midst of what has been a difficult few days our college students continued to obtain an exemplary schooling and had been safeguarded from exterior elements,” the superintendent stated.

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