Published: 10th May 2017
Male teacher crosses boundaries and rips off school student's hijab in the US, gets fired immediately
A school teacher who allegedly tore his student's hijab at school only because she sat on his chair without permission, had his employment terminated immediately
A teacher at a US school has been fired after he allegedly ripped the hijab off an 8-year-old girl's head for "misbehaving" in class. 31-year-old Oghenetega Edah, demanded that the girl at the Bennington School, Bronx, take off her religious scarf, police said. The girl was misbehaving in class and sitting in the teacher’s chair without his permission. So the teacher tapped her on her arm to get her to move. When she did not comply, Edah, a substitute, threatened to take the scarf. "I'm taking it off," he said as he pulled the hijab off her head, causing an injury to her right eye, according to police. Doctors at Jacobi Hospital determined that the girl's cornea was not damaged.
"This alleged behavior is completely unacceptable, This individual was removed from the school immediately and his employment has been terminated" Michael Aciman, a Department of Education spokesman, said in a statement. Edah became a per diem substitute teacher in January 2017, the report said. His termination was effective from the third of this month. The incident that took place last week was under investigation, police said. The Department of Investigation was also looking into it.
Parents at the school say the ill-tempered substitute only worked at Bennington for a short while. "It's crazy...I just feel like teachers are supposed to control their anger a little bit more. That's why they're there. To teach and be calm. They're supposed to be patient. That's your job," Yvarie Ortiz, a parent of a first grader at the school said. The incident comes amid growing incidents of hate and assaults on hijab-wearing girls and women across the US.