Georgia teacher asks Muslim student if she has bomb in backpack

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A teacher in suburban Atlanta asked a Muslim middle school student if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack.

The principal apologized to the 13-year-old girl who wears a hijab, and her family.

The incident happened at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County while the teacher was urging students to put away their backpacks.

The school district investigated and determined the comment, while not appropriate, was not made with “ill intent.”

Yusof Burke, board president of the Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the incident shows the level of Islamophobia impacting people’s relationships with each other.