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CAIR Seeks Probe of Maryland Teacher’s Anti-Muslim Statements
Teacher told students ‘Muslims are dangerous … they will kill you,’ told Muslim student ‘you guys did 9/11’
CAIR Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) has asked the principal of Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md., to investigate a teacher who made a series of anti-Muslim statements to his class.
According to a report received by CAIR, the teacher took time during his English class last month to discuss ISIS and the 9/11 terror attacks, telling the class, “Muslims are dangerous. They are terrorists and they will kill you.” Interjecting into a conversation between students, the teacher allegedly told students that one should never “be Muslim.”
Addressing Muslim students in the class, he reportedly said “You guys did 9/11.”When one student objected and said “we are not all like that,” the teacher allegedly said “No, all of you are like that.”
According to CAIR’s investigation, other students in the class disagreed and felt uncomfortable with the teacher’s remarks.
In a letter to Parkdale Principal Tanya Washington, CAIR Litigation Director Jenifer Wicks wrote in part:
October 16, 2014
Principal, Parkdale High School 6001 Good Luck Road Riverdale, MD 20737 [email protected]
Dear Ms. Washington:
I am writing to notify you and request investigation of an incident involving discriminatory and troubling statements made by a teacher at Parkdale High School (PHS).
Our office received reports that Mr. Fanibi, an eleventh grade English teacher at PHS, made several derogatory and prejudiced anti-Muslim statements during his second period class on September 18, 2014. According to information provided to us, Mr. Fanibi interjected into a conversation between two students and told one student that he should never “be Muslim” and that “Muslims are dangerous. They are terrorists and they will kill you.” Further, it was also reported that Mr. Fanibi later discussed ISIS and the September 11th attacks with the class, and in reference to Muslims, stated “You guys did 9/11.” When a Muslim student objected to his statement and said that “we are not like that,” Mr. Fanibi responded by saying “No, all of you are like that.” According to the reports, many students in the class disagreed and felt uncomfortable with Mr. Fanibi’s remarks.
We believe that Mr. Fanibi‘s discriminatory statements were intended to provoke hatred and arouse suspicion and fear of Muslim students present in his class, as well as all Muslims in general, based on their Islamic faith.
CAIR is seeking an investigation of the incident, disciplinary action against the teacher, protection from retaliation for the students in the class, and diversity training for faculty and staff.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is offering to assist in designing diversity training for faculty, staff and students.
CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide an Islamocentric environment in their classrooms.