NEW JERSEY: Palestinian Muslim teacher fired for talking about Islam in the classroom which is prohibited by the school. Sireen Hashem received a series of complaints from parents of children studying at a NJ high school after she showed a documentary concerning Muslim Nobel Laureate Malala Yusufzai. Hashem had been told by the school not to make any references to Islam in class when teaching US history.
Sputnik News In response, the teacher filed a lawsuit against the Flemington, New Jersey school and the local government, following her dismissal in April 2015 after two years of teaching, she was described as being “trouble” because of her religious beliefs, Courthouse News reported.
In the lawsuit Hashem claimed that the video of Malala Yusufzai was shown “at the suggestion of” another teacher, who showed the video earlier in the day to another group of students.
Hashem’s supervisor in the Social Studies Department, Robert Zywicki, told her that following complaints from parents “she [Hashem] could not teach current events in the same manner as her non-Palestinian and non-Muslim colleagues.”
In September 2014, a student accused Hashem’s brother of terrorism on Facebook and labeled the teacher as anti-Semitic because she was allegedly trying to “instill anti-Semitic views in students and warned that plaintiff may hurt students who did not agree with her.”
The following day, according to the court documents, Hashem was confronted by her colleagues “who accused her of not sticking to the curriculum, questioned her about her teaching and how it related to the COMMON CORE, accused her of discriminating against Jewish students, and also questioned her about her place of birth, her family, and her personal life.”
“Defendant Cooley told plaintiff (Hashem) that she should not mention Islam or the Middle East in her class. Defendant Cooley further stated that plaintiff should not bring her culture, life experience or background into the classroom,” according to the complaint.
According to Hashem, a rabbi and several parents then complained to teachers and the Board of Education and demanded her dismissal, “solely because of her heritage and religion.”
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