Following the assassination of Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan, a high school teacher in Clear Brook, Texas was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly told an American Muslim girl in his 9th grade Algebra class "I heard about your uncle's death" and "I bet that you're grieving."
More than 2,000 Change.org members took a stand against racism towards the American Muslim community, sending a clear statement that it is completely unacceptable for an American Muslim student to be targeted and publicly insulted in front of her peers out of the ignorance and hatred of her teacher.
The incident made international news and we can now report that the teacher's leave has been made permanent. Whether the teacher quit or was fired has not been made public, but a spokesperson for the Clear Creek Independent School District has confirmed that the teacher will not be returning to work.
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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.