A Muslim student in Texas was called a terrorist by his teacher in the class. His family is furious about it and wants the teacher to be sacked for equating the Muslim student to a terrorist.
Twelve-year-old Waleed Abushaaban, who is a student of First Colony Middle School, said that during the screening of “Band it like Beckham” in the class his teacher called him a terrorist.
He said, “We’re in the class watching a movie and I was just laughing at the movie and the teacher said, ‘I wouldn’t be laughing if I was you.’ And I said why? She said, ‘because we all think you’re a terrorist.”
Following which his fellow students started making fun of him.
Waleed noted, “They were like ‘oh I see a bomb’ and they all started laughing and making jokes….I was upset and I felt like I was put in the corner and like everybody was just looking at me.”
His father, Malek Abushaaban, told KHOU “just because my son is a Muslim doesn’t mean he is a terrorist.”
He added, “He’s an American. He’s as American as anybody else. He was born here…that’s all he knows is how to be an American.”
According to Independent, the school district authorities were informed about the incident and following the report, the teacher was immediately placed on preventive suspension. However, the family demanded permanent dismissal of the teacher.
The statement read, “While the teacher reports her statements were made in the context of trying to make a point about negative stereotypes, District officials do not believe that the teacher exercised the appropriate sensitivity expected of the District’s educators, and do not believe that the statements were made in a manner that is in keeping with the District’s Core Beliefs and Commitments.”
Community activist Quanell X argued that no religion should be targeted or shown disrespect by any administrator especially in school campuses, reported International Business Times.
This is not the only case where an innocent was the victim of Islamophobia. A few months earlier, there was an uproar in a central Virginia school, when students in a school were offered a lesson on Middle East with an Islamic statement of faith written in Arabic calligraphy.