A Muslim girl, in sixth grade, was at recess when she was attacked by three of her schoolmates, who called her “ISIS” and pulled at her hijab.
The boys who attacked her, who are the same age as the girl, allegedly put her in a headlock and punched her as they tried to take off her hijab.
The boys are scheduled to appear at a disciplinary hearing, though it has been postponed until their families can secure legal representation.
“Unfortunately young Muslims have been experiencing this for quite some time,” Corey Saylor, spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Inside Edition. “Since August of last year… we’ve seen a cycle of Islamophobia that’s had a much more violent tinge to it than we’ve seen in many, many years.”
“I would’ve argued that it was calming down, until Paris followed by San Bernardino,” Saylor continued.
“There is no burning bush solution… but for us, the problem that we’re trying to solve is that most Americans were introduced to Islam on 9/11 watching airplanes fly into buildings,” Saylor added, noting that the media coverage of the religion of Islam had been largely negative.
The school where the attack took place has declined to comment on the incident.