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Civil rights group calls for investigation after student's hijab removed in video

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The video was shared on social media. (WSMV file photo) The video was shared on social media. (WSMV file photo)
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The Council on American-Islamic Rights (CAIR) has called for a criminal investigation and the firing of a Tennessee teacher after a News 4 story on a controversial Snapchat video.

The video in question circulated on social media this week, showing a student wearing a hijab and hiding her face while someone removed the religious headscarf, exposing her hair to the class.

Other students can be seen playing with the girl’s hair as she tries to readjust it.

A concerned viewer sent the recording to News 4 after seeing it on social media, reportedly posted from the teacher's social media account.

That video was posted on the social media app Snapchat with the caption, "pretty hair." It was recorded in a classroom at the New Vision Academy Charter School in Nashville. A second video was then recorded under the caption, "lol all that hair cover up."

In a release on Friday, CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas said:

The video depicts a criminal assault, evidently motivated by the religious identity of the student, which makes this a possible hate crime. We call on local law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident, determine who removed the student’s hijab, and take appropriate action to hold that person accountable.

CAIR is the largest Muslim civil rights group in the United States. 

You can read the CAIR's full statement here

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