By Bassel Barakat
A Muslim family claims their child was discriminated against and harassed at Crane Middle school because of her Hijab.
The family spoke out after a night’s Crane school meeting on Tuesday. The problem began when the student started wearing her hijab daily and her mother requested a meeting with the school officials to discuss religious exemption.
“If the tables were turned, what action would have been taken against my daughter if she would have hit the teacher if
she would have scratched the teacher if she would have been talking to employees at her school this way? She would’ve been disciplined long ago,” said the student’s mother.
During the meeting, each person was given three minutes to talkat school board meeting during their call to public. Meanwhile, many supported the family in the meeting.
The student explained that several events occured along with hits to her attendance record as well as changes to her schedule. The family said all the discrimination was done by the front office staff.
“We spent hours at the district office building that day. The superintendent Mrs.Doering. She came out and she offered us only 20 minutes, stood up, ushered us out of the room without any assurance of how [the student] would be safe going to school the following day,” said the student’s aunt.
According to the family, the school officials suggested that the student would enter the school from the back door.
“The solution that was brought to us was that [the student] would enter through the side back door, which we mentioned before that’s discrimination. That is no solution,” said the student’s aunt.
“Actually we can’t comment on that because of FERPA laws, the family education rights and privacy act. So I can’t give any specifics, but the family does have the documentation of a full investigation,” said Doering.