Police probe hijab cut by man in Canada

Ont. schoolgirl's hijab allegedly cut in scissor attack

Ont. schoolgirl's hijab allegedly cut in scissor attack

A Scarborough mother is demanding police label an assault against her daughter a hate crime after the child's hijab was cut with a pair of scissors while she was walking to school.

"The man has fled", Const. David Hopkinson said.

"Police say they are seeking a male suspect described as Asian, in his 20s, with a medium build of roughly 5'8" - 6'0. Noticing the man behind her, the girl screamed, forcing the attacker to flee the scene.

"I felt confused, scared, terrified", Noman told reporters at her school on Friday.

Toronto Police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante told The Canadian Press that officers aren't treating the incident as a hate crime, but are not ruling it out.

She told police she was first attacked as she walked with her brother along Birchmount Road around 8:30 a.m.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black trousers, brown gloves, and had prescription glasses with black frames on his face, police said. The second attack happened after Noman, her brother, and a group of children went to cross the light at Bay Mills Blvd.

"I turned around and I saw him with his scissors", Khawlah said.

"Sadly, someone insulted me by cutting my hijab two times", she said.

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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.

The school serves almost 300 kindergarten to grade six students "of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds", according to the local school board.

In early December 2016, a female Muslim Baruch College student claimed several men shouting "Donald Trump!" attempted to tear off her hijab on a New York City subway train; she later admitted to making it up. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said. "I am so proud to be a Canadian, and I feel so safe in this community".

"What you're doing is very wrong, you should stop doing this".

"I don't know why he did that, but it's just not Canada", Saima Samad said. "I want her and her family and her friends and community that that is not what Canada is and that is not who Canadians are".

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne called the incident "cowardly act of hatred".

"This does not represent who we are, " Wynne wrote in a tweet.

Their mother, Samia Samad, said she can not understand why someone would do something like this.

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