Teacher suspended for ‘terrorist’ comments to Muslim student

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Teacher suspended for 'terrorist' comments to Muslim student

A New Jersey assistant teacher has been suspended for allegedly telling an Arab-American high school student “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” when he asked for more time to complete an assignment.   

Mohammed Zubi, 17, claims the incident happened at Ridgefield Memorial High School last Wednesday when he raised his hand during his math class to ask for additional time.

The senior student, who is Muslim, told CNN the unnamed teaching assistant immediately hit back with the terrorist remark.

“I’m looking around, at a loss for words, completely shocked,” Zubi said, adding the remark was loud enough for the entire class to hear.

Zubi said he turned to the girl sitting behind him to confirm he’d heard the assistant teacher correctly.

The staffer then approached him a few minutes later saying he didn’t meant it like that, according to Zubi.

“In my head I’m just like, what other way could he have meant that?” Zubi said.

The student, who only returned to school Monday in the wake of the alleged incident, is demanding a public apology.

Mohammed Zubi
Mohammed Zubi claims the incident happened last Wednesday when he raised his hand during his math class to ask for additional time.
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Ridgefield Memorial High School
The school has notified law enforcement for assistance.

The Ridgefield School District hasn’t revealed the exact nature of the incident but did confirm the staff member had been suspended pending a full investigation.

“The Ridgefield School District has absolutely no tolerance for any sort of discrimination against any student or staff member,” the district said in a statement.

The district said it couldn’t legally comment on personnel or student matters, but had notified law enforcement for assistance.

“The district fully intends to pursue any and all legal remedies against the staff member as any discriminatory conduct has absolutely no place in our district,” they said.

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