Chicago civil rights group launches anti-bullying initiative targeting suburban school districts
The Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, has launched an anti-bullying initiative, aimed at alleviating a growing problem in suburban Chicago school districts.
Aishah Hasan describes the constant torment she endured, according to which her brother Ibrahim lived as a student at Lincoln-Way Central Community High School before his family claimed he committed suicide on September 3 in the age of 16.
âI believe my little brother is not here today because the coaches, teachers and students at Lincoln-Way Central decided he was too Arab and Muslim to be treated like a human being. To date, the school has not acknowledged his death to the students, returned his belongings or contacted our family, âAishah Hasan said.
Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 sent WGN a statement which reads:
âIn the case of the tragic loss of a student from Central, a thorough investigation was conducted by both the district and local law enforcement where students, staff, coaches, parents and local authorities were interviewed. There was no evidence of intimidation in this case. Following this tragic loss, students, staff, coaches and administrators attended services, and school counselors and social workers met with student groups to provide support. The administration made several attempts to contact the family, but failed to contact them. The school did not have any of the student’s personal effects in its possession at the time of his death.
Zoya Shaik, an elder at Lisle High School, spoke of being bullied by a teaching assistant.
âAn instructor brought the policy. Racially and religiously motivated topics in a classroom addressed to me, the only student wearing the hijab currently attending our school, âShaik said.
Shaik said a teaching assistant in a high school health class went on a rampage over race and background checks for “these people,” using offensive language referring to immigration, deportation and indigenous peoples on October 25.
Lisle District 202 sent WGN a statement that reads in part:
âConcerns raised at the board meeting on October 25, 2021 about a recent disturbing conversation with a teaching assistant during one of her classes were taken very seriously. The situation has been and continues to be investigated.
CAIR Chicago organizers have said they hope healsters.org will help put an end to this, by providing a 24/7 hotline.
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