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NJ teacher accused of removing student’s hijab speaks out as cops investigate


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Authorities in Maplewood, New Jersey have opened an investigation into allegations {that a} teacher “forcibly” eliminated a second grader’s hijab, an incident the teacher referred to as a misunderstanding.

The alleged Oct. 6 incident at Seth Boyden Elementary School touched off a web based firestorm after fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the primary Muslim-American Olympic medalist, posted about it on Facebook final week.

South Orange-Maplewood School District officers notified mother and father of the police investigation in a Tuesday letter to oldsters, according to NorthJersey.com.

After initially saying that social media was not a “reliable forum for due process,” Superintendent Ronald Taylor reportedly despatched a letter to oldsters saying that the college was suspending its inner probe and kicking the investigation as much as cops.

Accused teacher Tamar Herman advised the outlet via her lawyer that the kid was not even sporting a hijab and the occasion was a misunderstanding.

“Last week, I asked one of my students to raise the hood of her sweatshirt because it was covering her eyes,” Herman reportedly stated. 

“With her mask on, too, her whole face was covered. I gently got her attention by brushing up the front of her hood. The moment I realized she was not wearing her usual hijab underneath, she kept the hood on. And the learning went on.”

Former Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad
2016 Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad ingnited the hijab removing incident on Facebook.
Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Religion of Sports

A lawyer for the woman’s household disputed Herman’s denial, based on the article.

“I want to make it clear that we have obtained independent verification that completely supports the assertion of the student,” Robert L Tarver reportedly stated in an announcement.

Muhammad’s authentic publish prompted hundreds of individuals exterior the district to flood the college with complaints, some of them “vulgar” and “threatening,” based on the report.

“We must stand together and vehemently denounce discrimination in all of its forms,” the Maplewood native wrote whereas sharing the college’s contact info.

The unidentified woman has not returned to class and Herman is “not on site indefinitely,” officers stated, based on the report.

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