The Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking for state and federal officials to investigate a fight that was captured on video between two female students because the girl who was attacked was Muslim, reports Pittsburgh’s Action News.
In the video, which was taken at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania and posted on Facebook, a girl wearing a hijab is pushed to the ground and punched in one of the school’s bathrooms. She is seen fighting back, but is ultimately pushed to the ground once more and repeatedly hit.
A girl attacks a hijab wearing Muslim girl in the bathroom at Chartiers Valley High School in Pittsburgh
•Charges have been filed against the girl
•Hate crime charges are pending
•42% of American Muslim students report bullying for their faith.😓https://t.co/uXYPXwOYyP
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) December 18, 2018
The 14-year old girl was reportedly taken to Children’s Hospital for suffering a concussion and had to stay overnight, Safdar Khwaja, president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the news station.
He added that the Muslim girl came to the United States a few years ago and had lived in a refugee camp with her family.
“They were fleeing anarchy, violence, and the complete breakdown of the social system, governing system so they came to a civilized place and we all assured them this is the most civilized place in the world. To see this kind of violence take place, it’s very disappointing,” said Khwaja.
According to high school senior Alexis Work, who posted the video, told the news station that the girl wanted to use the bathroom stall to vape, but was told she wasn’t allowed to by the Muslim girl, which angered the student and led to her attacking the other student.
Work said that the Chartiers Valley High School suspended the unidentified girl, who has a court hearing on Thursday, per Action News.
Collier Township police have said that they don’t think the incident was a hate crime, something that Khwaja disagrees with.
“We don’t believe the motive was random and was at the spur of the moment, we believe there was a bias,” he said.
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