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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:25 AM

N.J. teacher denies pulling off student's hijab, report says

Source: NJ.com

A South Orange-Maplewood School District teacher accused of pulling a hijab off the head of a 7-year-old Muslim student in school last week has denied the incident occurred, according to a report.

Tamar Herman, a teacher at Seth Boyden Elementary School, said in a statement from her attorney that the second grade student wasnít wearing a hijab and was instead wearing a hoodie, NBC reported.

ďIn accordance with school policy, Ms. Herman directed a student in her class to pull down the hood on a hooded sweatshirt because it was blocking her eyes - and immediately rescinded that request when she realized that the student was wearing the hood in place of, rather than on top of, her usual hijab,Ē Hermanís attorney Samatha Harris told NBC.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/essex/2021/10/nj-teacher-denies-pulling-off-students-hijab-report-says.html



The Jewish teacher said the student was wearing a hoodie (against school dress code), not a hijab (permitted by law), while the mother said it was a hijab, not a hoodie.
Initial social media headlines stated as fact that a hijab was removed.
The cameras will have the last word.

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Response to Sabuca (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:45 AM

1. The teacher likely knew the student well.

In a mixed country such as Egypt, there are many styles of scarves and hijab, not to mention the significant numbers of Christians ( mainly Coptic).

Around the age of 16 ( might be 12, might be 18), more. girls switch to traditional head coverings.

If a 2nd grader is wearing a hijab, then the familyís country of origin is of course quite conservative: Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Iran come to mind.

My guess is that teacher is destined for a change of classroom or license.

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:48 AM

2. Was it a scarf?

Or was it a say, Nike hoodie?

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Response to Sabuca (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:50 AM

3. Unfortunately, manners and integrity probably count for nothing until the camera surveillance is see

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 01:53 PM

9. Not knowing anything not in this thread

I can imagine there are times when a classroom is chaos and you dont know who is who.

I can see some humans demanding another remove their covering, or physically snatching at it.

I can also see times when a teacher might only see the back of a student, wearing a hoodie they know is against dress code, and ask it to be removed before knowing who they were talking too.

Hopefully theres video that will clarify what exactly happened

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 07:26 PM

10. The student's surname is Wyatt. Unlikely from a conservative mid-eastern or African nation. the

charge from the parent was soon followed by a GoFundMe request. I suspect that was the real motive for the complaint.

After hearing about her kid's hijab being "forcibly removed." Mommy does not call the school to question what happened. Rather, she immediately goes to Facebook.

Hallway cameras will determine if the tyke was wearing a "style" of hijab or if it was, indeed, a hoodie.


I suspect the teacher will be suing Mommy for slander.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 14, 2021, 10:31 AM

11. The child's mother's first name is Zaynab.


Wyatt says her two daughters have worn the Muslim traditional garment since infancy and it's part of their religious and cultural identity. So when she heard about what happened, she was outraged and called for Herman to be fired.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/nj-teacher-denies-pulling-off-2nd-graders-hijab-says-she-thought-it-was-hoodie/3317494/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 14, 2021, 11:04 PM

13. Or is her name cassandra

Before the teacher was able to offer an explanation, public figures were calling for action against her.

Cassandra Wyatt, the girl's mother, told ABC 7 Eyewitness News that she would like an apology from the teacher and that her action must have consequences.

Gov. Phil Murphy on his social media said he was "deeply disturbed" by the accusation and said that every student should feel safe and welcome in school, regardless of their race, religion, or culture.

"We call for the immediate firing of the Maplewood teacher who pulled off the headscarf of a young Muslim student. Anything less is an insult to the students and parents of Maplewood, NJ," the Muslim-American civil rights group CAIR-NJ wrote on its Twitter account.



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Response to Sabuca (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:57 AM

4. Questioning children, especially young ones, to learn the truth about

an incident takes a specially skilled investigator. Itís incredibly easy to lead them to give you the answer you want.

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Response to Sabuca (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 11:02 AM

5. That camera freaking lied! So they don't believe in cameras either.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 11:36 AM

6. What did the cameras show?

I'm not aware of news about what the cameras showed.

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Response to Sabuca (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 11:42 AM

7. The article said that there were cameras in all classrooms and I read about this week ago ...

... and it showed a frame of the teacher with her hands on the student. I didn't see the video because my cooking filter kept it from playing. I'll check youtube.

Yikes! I got to get to work!!!!

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Response to marble falls (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 11:45 AM

8. Ok. Check the YouTube video after work

No rush (And share it if you don't mind).

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Response to Sabuca (Original post)

Thu Oct 14, 2021, 10:56 PM

12. Why was it necessary to mention the teachers religion?

Its not mentioned in the article you posted.

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