Press Release: Chicago Public School 6th Grader Called Terrorist by Teacher

(CHICAGO,IL, 9/11/2008) – The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today will attend a meeting between the Chicago Board of Education and the family of a 6th grader who was singled out and ridiculed by his teacher in class.

A complaint filed by CAIR-Chicago on behalf of the 12-year-old victim alleges that the teacher used him as an example of a terrorist during a class lecture. The victim began to experience intimidation and isolation from peers at school after the incident. Complaints were made to school administration; an investigator came to the school and found the allegations to be true. The teacher was moved to another grade level but is still believed to be teaching at the school.

WHAT: Meeting with Chicago Board of Education regarding discriminatory treatment of Muslim student at a Chicago Public School
WHEN: September 11th, 11:00am
WHERE: 125 S. Clark Street, Chicago IL.

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CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director, CAIR-Chicago, E-Mail:, 312.212.1520; or 202.870.0016; Reem Rahman, Communications Coordinator, CAIR-Chicago, E-Mail: 312.212.1520; or 217.493.0912;