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New Jersey teacher suspended after telling Muslim student “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” when asking question in math class

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New Jersey teacher suspended after telling Muslim student “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” when asking question in math class

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  • A teaching assistant in New Jersey was suspended after he allegedly said “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” to a student.

  • Mohammed Zubi said people at WABC-TV were “in shock” after the teacher made the remark.

  • Ridgefield School District is investigating the incident.

New Jersey teacher suspended after being accused of saying ‘we don’t negotiate with terrorists’ in response to a question from an Arab-Muslim student during math class earlier this month .

The alleged incident happened at Ridgefield Memorial High School after Mohammed Zubi, 17, asked the teaching assistant if the class could have more time to complete an assignment, CNN reported.

“He responded by saying, ‘we don’t negotiate with terrorists’, so I look around in shock, there are people laughing, and there are other people in shock, and I look around in shock. go back and ask my friend, “did he really just say that? ‘and she said yes, “Zubi told WABC-TV.

Another student, Nichoalas Velez, told the news channel that the unidentified teacher’s remarks shocked everyone in the class.

According to CNN, the high school student did not go to school for about a week after the insult.

The Ridgefield School District is investigating the incident and said it “has absolutely no tolerance for any kind of discrimination against a student or staff member,” NJ.com reported.

In the statement, the district added that it would “pursue all legal remedies against the staff member.”

“Although the district cannot legally comment on matters relating to staff or students, the public should know that the district immediately suspended the staff member while they conduct a full investigation,” the district statement continued, according to the statement. The report.

In response to the allegations, the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in New Jersey, Selaedin Maksut, called for a transparent investigation, according to an Oct. 22 statement. In addition, the advocacy group provided the district “with training for its teachers and staff to help tackle Islamophobia and harassment.”

“Education around Islam and Muslims for educators is necessary because even 20 years after 9/11 these ugly stereotypes continue to appear in our classroom, and this is unacceptable,” Masksut told CNN earlier this week.

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