A Texas High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave following an incident where he allegedly told a Muslim girl in his 9th grade Algebra class "I bet that you're grieving" on Monday following the death of Osama bin Laden.
According to one parent at Clear Brook High School in Houston who spoke about the incident to a local ABC affiliate, the teacher also said, "I heard about your uncle's death."
The parent said the student "understood that he was referring about Osama bin Laden being killed and was racially profiling her." The name of the alleged victim of the comment has not been released. She is being described as an "American-born girl of Muslim faith."
The teacher allegedly showed no remorse after Muslim girl reacted to his comments, according to the parent, who requested anonymity from the ABC station because "she doesn't want any retaliation against her daughter or the girl who experienced the inappropriate comment."
"The student ended up crying over what was said to her by the teacher and the teacher asked her why she was crying and another student said it was because of what you said earlier," the parent told the station. "And his response was, oh, OK, and just kind of smirked and giggled and walked away.
It is time to take a stand against racist and discriminatory comments towards the American Muslim community. This girl was targeted out of ignorance and hatred and publicly insulted in front of her peers. He then laughed it off, as if it were no big deal. A teacher shouldn't be speaking to his student in such a derogatory manner. I am demanding that he resign from his position and make a public apology to the family he insulted, while keeping them anonymous for their protection against other bigots.
After the death of Osama bin Laden, this teacher commented to his American Muslim student in a racist manner, referring to bin Laden as her uncle and saying that she must be grieving his death in a joking tone. He then laughed it off and walked away. This is absolutely no way to speak to your students, it is degrading and offensive to not only the Muslim community, but to Americans that are demanding equal rights and respect for them.
I am asking that this teacher make a public apology, while keeping the family he insulted anonymous for their protection against other racist/religious bigots. I am asking that this teacher resign from his position as a teacher, as no person that insults his students in this degree should be teaching our children.
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