A Muslim teacher in a Georgia high school received an anonymous note in her classroom on Friday, telling her that her “headscarf isn’t allowed anymore.”
“Your headscarf isn’t allowed anymore,” the note read. “Why don’t you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it off of your neck instead of your head.” The anonymous note was signed “America” and featured two US flags.
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Mairah Teli, 24, who is a language arts teacher at Dacula High School, shared a photo of the note along with her reaction on Facebook. “I’m a high school teacher and sadly this anonymous note was put in my classroom today. As a Muslim, I wear a headscarf as a practice of my faith,” she wrote. “I want to share this to raise awareness about the reality and climate of our community. Spreading hate isn’t going to ‘make America great again.’ #DonaldsAmerica #NotIntimidated #HereToStay#LoveTrumpsHate.”
Many people showed their support for her. One of the comments read, “Remember that there are MORE people that appreciate our diversity. We will stand with you. The person who sent this needs mental health help.”
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In response, Teli followed up with another post expressing her gratitude. “I can’t even begin to articulate how touched I am to be receiving messages from all over the country with your support. I want to sincerely thank you for your kind words and well wishes.” She added, “I feel your support affirms that our country is built on morals of compassion and kindness.”
Teli commended Dacula High School for dealing with the issue. “They have voiced anger and have been tirelessly working to identify who sent this note,” she said. The student who sent it has not yet been identified.
The note is the latest racist, Islamophobic attack since the US elections. In another incident on Wednesday, attacks against female Muslim students took place at two universities in California.
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Student demanded to remove her hijab or be set on fire. pic.twitter.com/sYDqUMVV8E
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Courtesy : Express Tribune