EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ---ICNA-CSJ (NJ) condemns a bias-incident that occurred against a Muslim student in East Brunswick High school on April 10, 2019. The incident was between two female teenagers. The Muslim student’s headscarf was pulled off during a fight, and the student continued to be harassed over social media using anti-Muslim slurs. ICNA-CSJ (NJ) is appreciative of East Brunswick High School and the Education Board for taking immediate action against this incident.

East Brunswick police and the Middlesex County prosecutor's office investigated the incident, and the teen that pulled the headscarf has now been charged with simple assault, harassment, cyber harassment and disorderly conduct. The incident was also determined to be a bias incident.

We are grateful for the overwhelming support from communities of all faiths and backgrounds that came together to stand up against this injustice. ICNA-CSJ (NJ) is concerned not only about this incident, but its broader context of bullying incidents against minority groups throughout the United States. Bullying incidents against Muslim students have grown under the current islamophobic atmosphere.

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According to a poll of Muslim students done in California by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 42% reported being bullied in public schools. In light of this increase, ICNA-CSJ launched an anti-bullying campaign last year in order to provide free training to parents and students on how to deal with bullying. ICNA-CSJ has provided free workshops around the country to students and parents.

More info on this campaign can be obtained on our website: www.icnacsj.org/StopBullying We are deeply committed to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all of our students. In response to the concerns of parents and the community, we will continue to work with schools and law enforcement in NJ to increase awareness. ICNA CSJ-NJ plans to initiate state-wide antibullying workshops at no cost to NJ schools and communities.

We strongly suggest students, teachers and parents to participate and become educated on this very important topic. CONTACT: ICNA CSJ-NJ Coordinator Dr. Atif Nazir 732-668-4139; atif1995@yahoo.com.

About ICNA-CSJ - The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is an American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society. ICNA works to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, and social service. ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) is a social justice/human rights organization that strives to systematically facilitate assertive Muslim involvement in the field of human struggle for the rights of the poor and oppressed in the United States.