Canada hate crime: Schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab

Canada hate crime: Schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab

Canada hate crime: Schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab

Khawlah Noman, 11, and her brother Mohammad Zakarijja were walking to Pauline Johnson Public School in Scarborough when a man sliced her hijab with a pair of scissors on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Khawlah said she told the man "What you're doing is really wrong, you should not act like this, and especially, I'm a kid".

Khawlah Noman told reporters that she was walking to school with her younger brother when the man came at her with scissors.

Ten minutes later, a few hundred metres north at the corner of Birchmount and Bay Mills Blvd., the man creeped up on her again - this time, separated from her brother who had got caught at the stop light, she was alone.

Akin to a familiar theme before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an 11-year-old female Toronto grammar school student is claiming a man attempted to cut off her hijab while she was on her way to school this morning.

Norm Kelly, the area's city councillor, responded to the incident by saying there was "no place in Canadian society for hate crime - whether large or small", adding, "I'll be asking my followers to send any tips they may have to police".

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the attacker described as Asian, of medium build, with a thin moustache and black prescription glasses. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", he said. "I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this".

Khawlah said she and her brother "followed this crowd of people to be safe". She arrived at her school after the attack, and police were called.

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Zakariyya said his sister's hood was pulled up over her head before the attack.

"I'm just happy she's safe".

"For something like this to happen to one of our kids here is piercing to my heart", said TDSB spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz.

"This does not represent who we are, " Wynne wrote in a tweet.

And you don't typically see the mayor, premier and prime minister all reacting to a crime. Police say the girl was not physically injured.

"A day of action will express our recommitment to fight Islamaphobia, and become a rallying call", he said. Terrified, she turned to face him - a young Asian male, roughly 5-foot-8 to six feet tall, wearing black trousers, a black hoodie and brown gloves.

"No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing or for any other reason and I want to assure the family that Toronto police are investigating", wrote Tory. "He was wearing a black hooded sweater with the hood up, black trousers, brown gloves". "I want her and her family and her friends and community that that is not what Canada is and that is not who Canadians are".

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