CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is taking action after they say a Muslim kindergarten student was harassed and assaulted by his teacher at David Cox Road Elementary School.
CAIR sent a letter to North Carolina State Board of Education's superintendent saying the 5-year-old was subjected to relentless bullying and harassment by both his classmates and teacher.
Examples listed in the letter included the teacher making the kindergarten student wear a heavy backpack throughout the day, repeatedly called him a "bad Muslim boy," bullying by fellow students and harsh treatment.
In October, the student was transferred to another class, but continued to be placed back into the original teacher's classroom without cause, CAIR says.
The student's mother repeatedly contacted the school and finally met with the superintendent. According to CAIR, during the meeting the mother was assured that her son would be transferred to another class.
According to CAIR, the very next day, the teacher reportedly approached the child in his new class, grabbing him by the neck and choking him.
CAIR took action on Monday, November 21, by requesting the North Carolina State Board of Education initiate an investigation, take corrective and disciplinary action, terminating the teacher and revoking her teaching license, ensuring the student is transferred to a safe classroom and instituting cultural and religious diversity training to the school's faculty and staff members.
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