A 12-year-old Muslim honor student, Waleed Abushaaban from Sugar Land, Texas is claiming that his teacher called him a terrorist in front of his entire class. Basically, this teacher did pretty much everything a teacher shouldn't do. Houston's KHOU reports the story.
In a press conference, Waleed Abushaaban, who is a seventh grader at First Colony Middle School, said the incident occurred when the class was watching Bend It Like Beckham and he laughed at the movie. As if that choice of movie was not questionable enough, the English teacher then said “I wouldn’t be laughing if I was you” and when he asked why, she said, “because we all think you’re a terrorist.” Bad move, teach.
According to Abushaaban, this prompted the students to start teasing and bullying him, and pretending he had a bomb.
Malek Abushaaban, Waleed's father, said during the news conference "Just because my son is a Muslim doesn’t mean he is a terrorist. He’s an American. He’s as American as anybody else. He was born here. That’s all he knows is how to be an American"
The Fort Bend school district released this statement:
On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the District was informed of parent concerns regarding offending remarks reportedly made by a probationary teacher. The District does not support the teacher’s actions, and when school administrators learned of the incident, they immediately removed the teacher from the classroom and placed her on administrative leave pending completion of the District’s review of this matter.
While the teacher reports her statements were made in the context of trying to make a point about negative stereotypes, District officials do not believe that the teacher exercised the appropriate sensitivity expected of the District’s educators, and do not believe that the statements were made in a manner that is in keeping with the District’s Core Beliefs and Commitments.
The District is proud of its rich cultural diversity and this isolated event is not representative of the positive learning experiences that the District's teachers provide to our nearly 74,000 students each and every day.
TLDR version: the teacher was trying to prove a point about negative stereotypes by using a negative stereotype to humiliate a middle schooler.
The teacher is temporarily removed from the classroom on administrative leave, but Waleed's family is fighting to get her permanently removed. They also are requesting religious sensitivity training for not only staff, but students as well.