PM Justin Trudeau has condemned an attack on an 11-year-old Khawlah Noman
An 11-year-old Muslim schoolgirl has been assaulted by a man who twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors she was walking to school with her younger brother in Toronto.
Khawlah Noman who is in Grade 6, told reporters at her school said, “I felt confused, scared, terrified”.
“I screamed. The man just ran away. We followed this crowd of people to be safe. He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again” she added.
Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred at about 9 am in or around the Pauline Johnson School in Toronto Canada.
Police spokeswomen Katrina Arrogante told the information we have currently is that the child was not injured and the suspect has fled the scene
Khawlah Noman is a sixth-grade student at the school told reporters that she was walking to school with her younger brother when the man came at her with scissors and she felt really scared and confused although she was not hurt in the incident.
The school serves nearly 300 students in kindergarten to grade six classes “of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and more than two-thirds speak a language other than English at home.
According to latest report Police described the assailant as an Asian male wearing a black hoodie and glasses. He was said to be about 20, nearly six feet tall and with a medium build.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in from London, Ontario, where he was meeting with his Cabinet and he condemned the attack and said my heart goes out to the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion. I can’t imagine how afraid she.
Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird confirmed school staff contacted police and the girl’s family once they heard what had happened.
Toronto Mayor John Tory also condemned the attack and said No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing or for any other reason and I join with all Toronto residents in standing up to such an act of hatred.