The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education on Oct. 28 over a teacher in Phoenix who allegedly made anti-Muslim statements and abused a Muslim student at the Academy of Excellence Charter School.
According to the ACLU's complaint, the teacher, Faye Myles, told the 11-year-old student, A.A., "I can’t wait until Trump is elected. He’s going to deport all you Muslims. Muslims shouldn’t be given visas. They’ll probably take away your visa and deport you. You’re going to be the next terrorist, I bet."
A.A. is a Muslim and a refugee who came to the U.S in 2012 from Somalia, notes Law Newz.
The complaint also alleges that Myles choked A.A. "until his eyes began to water from the pain," and warned him not to tell his mother. The boy later told his mother.
Faye allegedly told him to shut up during free time while others children talked, showed the class a video of the 9/11 terrorists and told A.A., "That’s going to be you."
Faye is also accused of telling A.A. he was not allowed to pray at school.
The ACLU's complaint asserts that school administrators tried to cover up the harassment, which continued for months.
The ACLU said children began bullying A.A., referred to him as a "terrorist" and falsely claimed that he was plotting to blow up a school bus.
Asli Noor, the mother of A.A., alleges that school administrators demanded she sign "voluntary" withdrawal forms to take A.A. and her other child, F.A., who is 8 years old, out of school after A.A. was accused of trying to open a bus emergency window.
Myles and the Academy of Excellence have not responded to requests from Law Newz for comment.
In October, 10 former state and national Teachers of the Year wrote an open letter condemning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his rhetoric and effect on students, noted The Washington Post:
We teach children that the content of their character, not the color of their skin, determines their worth. Donald Trump has attacked Latinos, Muslims, and African-Americans. He has described Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” called for an immigration ban based entirely on refugees’ religious beliefs, and questioned our first Black president’s citizenship long after it became clear that Obama is indeed American ...
The impact on our students was seen during a high school game in Indiana where white students chanted "Trump!" and "Build the wall!" at a rival team whose players were primarily Hispanic.
Words matter. So do actions. Even when children don’t listen to what we say, they pay very careful attention to what we do.