Canadian schoolgirl attacked over hijab

Canadian schoolgirl attacked over hijab

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

Toronto police said the girl was on her way to Pauline Johnson Junior Public School at 35 Dunmurray Blvd., near Warden Avenue and Huntingwood Drive, when a man with scissors assaulted her and cut off her hijab shortly before 9 a.m. January 12. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said. "He smiled and ran away".

"I'm just happy she's safe", said Samad, her voice breaking.

A Scarborough mother is demanding police label an assault against her daughter a hate crime after the child's hijab was cut with a pair of scissors while she was walking to school.

In a tweet, they described the suspect as Asian, in his 20s, with a medium build, black hair and a moustache. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black trousers.

"The man has fled", Const. David Hopkinson said.

At that moment, less than 10 minutes after the first assault, the same man suddenly returned. The man used scissors with a blue handle, and was wearing brown gloves, the girl told reporters.

Fifth grader Mohammad said he saw a man with "scissors" and is "so glad that she's safe and I'm safe".

When asked what she would say to the suspect, Noman added: "What you're doing is way wrong. I am a kid".

Talking to reporters through tears, Khawlah's mother said she has lived in Canada for 25 years and has always felt safe in the community.

Canadian schoolgirl attacked over hijab
Canadian schoolgirl attacked over hijab

The outrage that two young, innocent, Canadian kids could face such an ugly attack over a hijab clearly struck a nerve.

"I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is".

"Everyone in our province has the right to worship and dress however they choose", she said.

"We want to make sure they know we're aware of what's happening, and we're available to talk", TDSB trustee Manna Wong said. I'm very frustrated and angry.

"We all should have peace and love in our hearts".

Never in my 30 years have I seen a news conference featuring two child victims of a crime addressing the media - all organized by the normally privacy-sensitive Toronto District School Board.

"A student at Pauline Johnson Public School was assaulted by an unknown male while on her way to school this morning", spokesman Ryan Bird said.

Hopkinson told CBC Toronto that police were called by a school official at about 9 a.m. And we'll be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can.

She and her brother joined a group of other students also walking to school, for safety, but the siblings became separated from the group and from each other at an intersection crossing.

The school serves almost 300 kindergarten to grade six students "of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds", according to the local school board.

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