Teacher asks Muslim student if she has a bomb

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ATLANTA – A Georgia school is apologizing to a family after a teacher asked their Muslim daughter if she had a bomb in her backpack.

Rikki Klaus reports.

A Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman tells me on Monday, students had just gotten to class at Shiloh Middle School in Snelville. They were settling down and putting their things away, when a teacher asked a Muslim student if she had a bomb in her backpack. I asked Shiloh middle parents what they thought of the situation.

(Sharon Cummings/Parent) “It’s prejudice.”

(Carmela Brown/Parent) “I don’t think that they should have asked her that because of her religion. I don’t think that was fair.”

(Briona Henley/Parent) “The teachers should treat her with respect, like how we treat others, with respect, instead of discriminating how she is or where she comes from. I think that’s just wrong.”

The girl’s family was upset and brought the comment to the school’s attention. The school district says the assistant principal investigated, talking with the family of the eighth grader and the teacher, and determined there was no ill-will. “The principal has followed up with the parents, offering an apology. In addition, school leaders are continuing to talk and work with the teacher about this situation and her comment.”

(Sharon Cummings/Parent) “We’re going to just pray for the whole situation.”

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