‘Terrorist’ stamp on Muslim student in the USA
A teacher from a public school in the US state of New Jersey accused his Muslim student of being a terrorist. Mathematics teacher who made a terrorist analogy to his Muslim student in the USA was suspended. The administration of Ridgefield Memorial High School in Bergen County, New Jersey has launched an investigation against the teacher.

‘We don’t negotiate with terrorists,’ he told his Muslim student in class. said the teacher and was dismissed from the school until the process was completed. Ridgefield Public Schools Superintendent Letizia Pantoliano said, ‘The Ridgefield School District does not tolerate discrimination against any student or staff, and strives to create an inclusive environment where students and staff are inclusive of race, religion, national origin and sexual orientation.’

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Pantoliano stated that an investigation was launched against the teacher and the teacher was suspended immediately. She stated that the school administration will use all kinds of legal remedies against the teacher in question.

Mohammed Zubi, an Arab Muslim high school student, asked his math teacher during class last week, “Can I complete the rest of my homework at home?” When he was asked, he was exposed to the answer, ‘We do not negotiate with terrorists’. The teacher’s anti-Islamic response to Zubi, even though he knew he was a Muslim, was heard by many of the students in the class.

A student named Vuk Tomasese also confirmed the incident he witnessed by explaining it to the press. Zubi, who is also the captain of the Ridgefield Memorial High School football team, states that he does not want to return to school after the incident.

Behind this approach to Muslims in the USA is the 9/11 incident.

The American-Islamic Relations Council documented more than 10,000 incidents of prejudice against Muslims between 2014 and 2019. Incidents of prejudice, such as hate crimes against Muslims, discrimination, immigration and travel practices, and targeting of Muslim students in schools, were recorded as 6,000 in 2020. Mona Amer stated that according to the researches made after the September 11 attacks, the psychology of Arabs and Muslims, who were viewed with suspicion by their close circles and the state, was also deeply affected.

Professor Mona Amer, who teaches clinical and social psychology at the American University in Cairo, emphasized that feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety and insecurity are common among Arabs living in America. “They are also gaining strength from their experiences, finding resources for recovery.” she explained.