GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — The father of a Shiloh Middle School teenager said his daughter was singled out because she is a Muslim.
Abdirizak Aden told CBS46 his 13-year-old daughter was sitting in her science class when her teacher asked her if she had a bomb in her backpack. Aden said the teacher asked her in front of the entire class.
The girl’s older sister recalled what the teacher asked.
“Why do you have your book bag over your shoulders? Is there a bomb in there?” repeated Anab Osman, “It came out of nowhere. My sister was in shock.”
Aden’s family is originally from Somalia. He said his daughter wears a headscarf and he believes that is what led the teacher to direct the bizarre question at her and no one else.
Aden’s daughter called him from school and said she was so embarrassed, she wanted to go home. That’s when her father went straight to the school to confront the teacher in person. He said he was originally brushed off by the office staff. It wasn’t until his second visit that he succeeded in meeting with the assistant principal and the teacher.
“She said she was joking. Then I said to her, ‘Do you know what’s going on in America? You’re not supposed to joke like this,’ ” Aden said.
The school district apologized for the teacher’s remark, but also defended her, saying she did not make the comment with ill intent. School district representatives said they plan to talk to the teacher about her comment.