Group calls for investigation into bullying of Muslim student in El Cajon

Posted at 12:39 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 15:41:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A local group is calling for an investigation in response to reports that a Muslim student at an El Cajon school was bullied for more than a year and nothing was done about it.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Wednesday said they want the principal of Greenfield Middle School to resign and a probe to be launched in light of the bullying reports.

CAIR officials said they received reports that the eighth-grader, a Syrian refugee, was targeted by other students over her religious beliefs for the past year and a half. 

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The girl’s parents said they complained to the school about the harassment, but nothing was done.

In one incident, CAIR said the girl was followed by eight to 10 students as she walked home. The group of students then attacked the girl and her parents, CAIR officials said.

CAIR officials noted that there are several videos of the attack, but they are waiting for clearance from their lawyers before releasing them.

When asked by 10News to respond to the matter, an official with the Cajon Valley Union School District said they were “not able to comment on specific students or reported incidents.”

The official also said, “The District is committed to ensuring safe and equal access to education for all students free from bullying and harassment based on religion or otherwise. Individuals who experience any such conduct are encouraged to report it to school site administration so it may be appropriately investigated and addressed pursuant to District Board Policy and Administrative Regulations.”

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CAIR is asking any students who may have been bullied at Greenfield Middle to come forward.