Teacher allegedly harassed 5-year-old student, called him 'bad Muslim boy'

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has filed a complaint against a Charlotte, North Carolina teacher who allegedly harassed and assaulted a Muslim kindergarten student, reports WSOC.

The 3-page document was submitted to the board of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and the State Board of Education on November 23.

In the complaint, CAIR states that the David Cox Road Elementary School teacher "...would routinely single out [the student] from his classmates and require him to carry a heavy backpack throughout the day. The backpack contained a large textbook and headphones..."

As a result of hauling the load over long periods of time, the 5-year-old student allegedly suffered "significant back pain."

CAIR also writes that the teacher referred to the child as a "bad Muslim boy" on multiple occasions.

According to the complaint, the harassments escalated to physical abuse on November 16, when the teacher, "grabbed him by the neck and began choking him. [Another teacher] then separated the two and began consoling [the student] who was crying and extremely shaken."

Renee McCoy, the spokesperson for CMS, said that "CMS takes these allegations seriously and is currently investigating."

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