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Toronto Muslim girl 'scared' after attacker cuts hijab

Possible hoax alert: Canadian schoolgirl claims man tried to 'cut off her hijab' Toronto Police Say A Man Attacked A Girl On Her Way To School And Cut Off Her Hijab
Isaac Mcdaniel | 15 January, 2018, 01:38

"Khawlah Noman, studying in 6th std, said", I felt confused, scared, terrified.

The little girl's younger brother said he saw the man pull off the hood of her sister's jacket. She looked at him and screamed while the attacker ran away.

Afterward, according to Sidhu, the girl noticed a 12-inch cut from the bottom up on the back of her hijab.

When one of the reporters asked, "what do you think of this happening?", she replied, "I feel this is bad and I feel like this should stop".

Addressing her attacker, the girl said: "What you're doing is really wrong, you should not act like this, and especially, I'm a kid".

Google Maps Pauline Johnson Junior Public School, where an 11-year-old girl was headed Friday when she was allegedly attacked.

The suspect is described as an Asian man with a moustache and glasses who is around 20 years old, wearing a black hoodie and black trousers.

"We don't know what motivated the attack", Toronto police Constable David Hopkinson said initially but authorities later said the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

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The Toronto Disctrict School Board says school administrators contacted police and the girl's family as soon as they learned of the attack.

"It's one thing to assault an adult, which is never acceptable, but for this to happen to a child - I can't tell you how horrified we all are", spokeswoman Shari Schwartz-Maltz said.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory also released statements condemning the attack. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black trousers.

Noman's mother, Saima Samad, was in tears as she described rushing to the school and hugging her daughter. "I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is".

"It's just not Canada", she said. "This is not who we are". "We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", he wrote in a tweet. "I feel safe in this community and it's just not right".

"Having the police recognize this as a potential hate crime is a much greater act of deterrence, and a signal that Islamaphobia will not be tolerated", said Mohammed Hashim, a member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in from London, Ontario, where he was meeting with his Cabinet.

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