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Muslim student assaulted, hijab pulled off by schoolmate in US

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

A high school Muslim student's was pulled off allegedly by a schoolmate who also hurled anti-Muslim slurs during a fight in the US, prompting authorities to arrest her, according to a media report.

The girl, whose name and age were not released, got into an argument with another girl on Wednesday because both students wanted the same seat in a common area on campus, the school's said in a statement.

As the fight escalated, one of the girls pulled off the other girl's and started screaming anti-Muslim slurs at her, the was quoted as saying by the

A broke up the fight, but not before it was caught on video. The video was posted to at some point after the fight, the report said.

"Ultimately, the fight was determined to be a bias incident and was immediately reported to the and the in accordance with Board Policy and the law," Valeski said.

The student who pulled off the girl's was arrested and charged with simple assault, harassment, cyber harassment and disorderly conduct, prosecutors said.

"The values our diverse student body and community. The District does not tolerate any incidents of bias, discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying and takes swift action if such an event occurs," the said.

The Muslim girl has also been suspended under the school's zero-tolerance policy after the fight was broken up by a

But some students and parents have questioned why she was suspended for 'defending herself'.

"The Muslim woman and her family have been seen and offered any help needed from the school psychologists and support staff," said.

"Let me be very clear in that I stand with our Muslim friends and neighbours in condemning this entire incident," Cohen said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 17:35 IST