Tbilsi (Georgia), December 14: Just a few months ago, American Muslim boy Ahmed Mohammad was arrested after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb. The news made quite a flutter all over the globe and the incident had started a debate about the prevalent Islamophobia in the US. The boy had become something of a sensation with netizens showing solidarity with the whiz kid, by using the hashtag #IAmAhmed. The issue was talked about so much that even President Barack Obama invited Mohammad for a visit to the White House.
But, it’s as if the citizens of America, haven’t learned much from the incident. A 13-year-old black Muslim student was asked by her teacher, if she was carrying a bomb in her bag. The incident occurred in Georgia’s Shiloh Middle School, wherein the girl was stopped by a teacher and was asked if she had a bomb in her backpack. Completely perplexed, the girl who was wearing a hijab, did not reply, but later sent her father a text, narrating all that had conspired. Even as the girl’s parents expressed their frustration, the school remained unrelenting and said that no action will be taken against the racist teacher. Also Read: Google CEO Sundar Pichai pens powerful open letter in support of Muslims; implores world to reject Islamophobia
The girl’s father Abdirizak Aden told the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “My daughter wanted to know why she was asking her that. We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America.” He added, “I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think they are better than other people. I don’t want nobody to treat them like that.” The school authorities are defending the teacher, saying that comment was apparently not made with ‘ill intent’.