Published On: Wed, Oct 12th, 2016

Pakistani schoolboy beaten on US bus for being Muslim


Pakistani schoolboy beaten on US bus for being Muslim

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has called for an investigation of an alleged assault on a 7-year-old Muslim student in North Carolina as he was riding home on a school bus, a media report said.

The victim, Abdul Aziz, an American citizen of Pakistani heritage and a student at Weatherstone Elementary School in Cary, N.C., was reportedly assaulted Friday afternoon by five other children riding in the bus who allegedly made references to Islam, Muslims and Pakistan during the attack.

The victim was too traumatized to give a detailed report on the attack.

According to the boy’s father, Dr. Zeeshan-Ul-Hassan Usmani, his son was punched in the face, had his arm twisted and was kicked in the stomach. The father said his children had faced bullying in the past.

Abdul Usmani’s father told BuzzFeed News that his wife and three sons have left the US for Pakistan after this latest incident in a long history of discrimination towards his children and family.

In a letter to Wake County Public School System Superintendent Dr. James Merrill, CAIR wrote in part:

“The report of this alleged attack comes at a time of increasing bullying of Muslim students nationwide. We urge you to investigate this disturbing incident and to take appropriate actions based on the results of that investigation. All students, regardless of faith or ethnicity, must feel safe in their learning environment.”

Local police have also been notified of the alleged assault.

Detailing what happened, Usmani told Buzzfeed News: “These are six and seven year old kids calling him names, with one kid punching him in the face, while two other kids attacked him, kicked him, and held his arms back.”

He described his son “as American as you can get.”

“They keep beating him all the way from school to home on the bus,” Usmani said of the ride home from Weatherstone Elementary School in Cary, North Carolina, last Friday (October 7).

Talking about his son’s condition after the inicident, he said that Aziz was traumatized by the attack and has a sprained arm.

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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