A teacher at a South Orange-Maplewood school in New Jersey was accused of forcibly removing a second-grade girl’s hijab in class. The accusation was amplified by social media users with large followings, including Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad, who wrote on Facebook that the teacher – whom she named – “forcibly removed the hijab of a second grade student.”
“The young student resisted by trying to hold onto her hijab, but the teacher pulled the hijab off, exposing her hair to the class. [The teacher] told the student that her hair was beautiful and she did not have to wear hijab to school anymore,” Muhammad wrote, according to Patch.
The school quickly released a statement saying it would investigate the matter.
“The district takes matters of discrimination extremely seriously.