A Nashville teacher has been fired after she posted videos to social media that show a hijab being taken off a student's head in her classroom at New Vision Academy Charter School.
News 4 first broke the story and showed the video to the young girl’s family. They were upset and said it should have never happened.
Muslim advocates spoke out about the lack of religious and cultural sensitivity; some even called for a criminal investigation.
Monday, an attorney representing New Vision told News 4 that the teacher did not forcibly remove the hijab. They confirmed it is the teacher's hand shown touching the student's hair and hijab at the beginning of the Snapchat video.
The school says, however, after talking to everyone who witnessed the incident, they've determined the teacher did not actually remove the religious head wrap from the student's head.
The school wrote the following in a statement to News 4:After talking with everyone involved and receiving consistent accounts from all who were present, we feel confident that there was no malicious intent behind what occurred. Exactly how the headscarf was removed was not depicted in the video, but we know it was not the teacher who removed it. However, actions the teacher did take -- including taking video and posting it to social media -- show a severe lack of judgment and a lack of cultural sensitivity. The teacher is no longer an employee of New Vision Academy. We are deeply sorry to the student and her family for the embarrassment this has caused them. We value and celebrate our school’s diversity. It’s a big part of what makes our school a special place. This incident does not reflect our school’s values in any way. We view this as a learning opportunity for our entire school community to better understand and respect the many cultural differences reflected in our school, and we welcome the opportunity to work with our local Muslim community on that effort.
-Tim Malone, Ed.D.
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