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Muslim Teacher Told To Hang Herself With Headscarf (Photo)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A Muslim teacher in Georgia received an anonymous letter on Nov. 11 that said she was no longer allowed in the country because of her headscarf and that should use it to kill herself.

Mairah Teli, 24, teaches language arts at high school in Gwinnett County, Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.

Teli posted a picture of the hate-filled letter she received on her Facebook page.

“Your head scarf isn’t allowed anymore," the letter reads. "Why don’t you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it off your neck instead of your head."

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The letter, which was signed "-America," also features a drawing of the American flag.

Teli believes the letter was sent in reaction to Republican Donald Trump being elected president.

“I’m a high school teacher and sadly this anonymous note was put in my classroom today,” she wrote on Facebook with the picture of the letter. “As a Muslim, I wear a headscarf as a practice of my faith. I want to share this to raise awareness about the reality and climate of our community. Spreading hate isn't going to ‘make America great again.’”

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Teli included the following hashtags with her post: #DonaldsAmerica, #NotIntimidated, #HereToStay and #LoveTrumpsHate.

Her post has been shared more than one thousand times, with more than two thousand reactions.

“I feel children feel safe making comments that are racist or sexist because of [Trump],” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Teli said school administrators and fellow teachers have been supportive following the note.

An email from Gwinnett County Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that the district is “doing all it can to identify the person who wrote and left this note.”

Teli believes a student left her the note, and she has since told the students in her class that if they have any questions about her hijab (headscarf), then she would be happy to speak with them.

“We are living in a time when there is a lot of disagreement, a lot of conflict,” she said. “It’s important to teach them how to disagree (respectfully)."

During his campaign, Trump vowed to ban Muslims from countries “compromised by terrorism” from entering the U.S., The Washington Post reports.

In his election victory speech, he said he would be a “president of all Americans.”

“This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans," Trump tweeted on Nov. 12. "We will unite and we will win, win, win!” 

Trump’s unification stance for the country has not stopped hate-filled actions from occurring in schools. For example, high school students in Redding, California, gave deportation fliers to Latino students, according to the Daily Mail. And in Dewitt, Michigan, students formed a human wall to prevent their Hispanic classmates from walking the halls.

Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mairah Teli/FacebookThe Washington Post, Donald Trump/Twitter, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Mairah Teli/Facebook, Mairah Teli/Facebook

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