The outrage swept social media Friday over allegations that a Maplewood teacher had pulled a hijab from the head of a second-grade student.
For Muslim families, it wouldn’t be the first time Islamophobia tainted the safety of the classroom.
In South Brunswick last year, a parent complained after a local teacher used the movie “Not Without My Daughter” to teach students about Islam. The film has been criticized for promoting negative and extreme stereotypes of Muslims.
In another Middlesex County case, a teacher had to step in to stop a sixth-grade boy who was chasing and taunting a female student with shouts of “Allahu Akbar!”
For Muslims, who view the hijab as an expression of faith, the alleged episode inMaplewood was hurtful and offensive. It also highlighted what community leaders say is a larger problem of bias in the classroom.