Young special needs Muslim boy reported as a ‘terrorist’.
The ‘War on Terror’ has had some world-changing implications, most notably the fear from many people that terrorists are living among them.
A Texas substitute teacher reported a six year old Muslim boy as possible terrorist after claiming he heard him saying the words ‘Allah’ and ‘boom’.
The boy, Mohammad Suleiman has Downs Syndrome, and his father says that it would have been impossible for the claims to be true as the child cannot speak properly, and is only able to mutter noises and syllables.
Maher Suleiman said:
[Mohammad] “needs care all the time,”
“It’s not true, he doesn’t speak at all,” “She claimed he was a terrorist,” “This is so stupid, it’s discrimination.”
The teachers claims caused an investigation to be launched by law enforcement officers and even Child Protection Services were called in.
While the police quickly realized that the claim had been a huge exaggeration and ended their report, sadly the Child Protection Services are still involved. The CPS take child protection cases very seriously indeed and it said that once they are involved in a family’s life it can often stay that way forever even when there is no real need, as in cases of mistakes such as this one.
“The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life,”
“My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine.”
The perception that a six year old boy with Downs Syndrome by the substitute teacher highlights not only a shocking lack of common sense on her part, but also shows just how deeply ingrained Islamophobia has become in our society.
The display of discrimination and racism in this story is glaringly evident. The boy would likely never had been reported if his name had been something other than ‘Mohammad’.
The media have done their job in maintaining the culture of fear we have of other cultures, particularly the Muslim world after 9/11.
A few extremists have been all the world needed to turn it’s back on an entire religion. There have been many cases in history where extremists from a number of religions have committed hateful acts, but never before has the discrimination been so rife as the hatred towards the Muslim faith due to recent isolated terror incidents. Whenever a white person commits ‘terrorist’ acts such as mass shootings, you often find that their religion is never mentioned in the headlines.