Despite objections from a civil rights group, police say they don’t plan to file hate crime charges after a fight at Fairfax High in Fairfax, VA.
ABC13 reports that the student told police that several postings made on social media that racial comments were made during the attack were false.
However, she did say that her hijab became undone during the altercation, exposing her hair.
WTOP reported that hundreds of students walked out of class Thursday to show their support for the student and to speak out against Islamphobia. 27,000 people signed a change.org petition demanding the school district do more in response to the attack.
Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee condemned the conclusion by the Fairfax Police Department.
“We strongly disagree with the decision by the City of Fairfax Police Department. Many witnesses have attested that the victim’s hijab was forcibly removed during the altercation. Witnesses also corroborated the victim’s statement that students in the classroom engaged in racist and Islamophobic drawings, and that the perpetrator made racist comments prior to the attack. This was shared multiple times with law enforcement.”
The attacking student has since returned to class.
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