Man attacks Canadian schoolgirl with scissors to cut off her hijab

Possible hoax alert: Canadian schoolgirl claims man tried to 'cut off her hijab'

Toronto police said the girl was on her way to Pauline Johnson Junior Public School at 35 Dunmurray Blvd., near Warden Avenue and Huntingwood Drive, when a man with scissors assaulted her and cut off her hijab shortly before 9 a.m. January 12.

"This is bad and I do not like it", she told reporters at a news conference at her school hours after the incident.

Khawlah said she felt the man behind her while she was walking to school with her younger brother, Mohammad Zakariyya, and turned around and saw him holding scissors.

A Canadian 11-year-old has told police a man cut her hijab with scissors while she was on her way to school, as the country continues to tackle growing anti-Muslim sentiment. After she screamed, the man ran away, but returned minutes later to "continue cutting [her] hijab again". "He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again".

The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said, according to CNN.

In the meantime, police are looking for information about a suspect who is described as a black-haired Asian male in his 20s who was sporting a moustache.

Speaking at the podium, the girl's emotional mother told reporters she was "happy that she's safe", and said the community has been supportive of her daughter.




Toronto police lauded Khawlah's quick thinking and response to the attack, with Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu saying she was "very, very smart" for shouting and joining the group of students ahead of her. Sidhu said this is "an isolated incident", such that she has never seen in her 20 years of service. "This is not who we are".

Khawlah - who appeared alongside her mother and her brother - said she is now afraid to walk to school, but was comforted by the support of her school and family. I'm so proud to be a Canadian and I feel safe in this community. "We must stand firm in our support to this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab".

"This school lives inclusiveness", she said.

Sidhu called the girl's actions "brave and smart".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his heart goes out to the girl.

Ontario Prime Minister Kathleen Wynne called the alleged assault a "cowardly act of hatred, which has no place" in the province.

Toronto's mayor added that he was "shocked and appalled". But the man came back just as Kahawlah was waiting for her brother who was stopped at a light across the street.

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