According to the father of a 6-year-old Muslim boy with Downs Syndrome, a Texas school teacher reported the child to police after claiming he was a terrorist.
“Mohammad was born with Down Syndrome chromosome 21,” said his father Maher Suleiman. He says the boy does not speak and has intellectual difficulties.
“He needs care all the time,” said Suleiman of his son Mohammad who goes to C.J. Harris Elementary School in Pearland.
He also states that when the boy’s regular teacher left, a substitute called the cops and the school told them the boy could speak.
“It’s not true, he doesn’t speak at all,” said Maher. He also said the substitute teacher told police the boy would reportedly say “Allah” and “boom.”
“She claimed he was a terrorist,” said Suleiman. “This is so stupid, it’s discrimination. Actually, it’s not implied discrimination, it’s actual discrimination.”
The teachers report to police triggered both a police investigation and one by Child Protected Services.
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“The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life,” stated Suleiman. “My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine.”
“In my opinion, based on everything I heard from the police department and speaking with the administration from the school, that this was a story piece milled together by a substitute teacher alleging this child was sexually harassing her, the teacher, and possibly being a terrorist,” said community activist Quanell X. “A 6-year-old kid.”
The Pearland Police Department conducted an investigation but found no need for them to be involved though the CPS investigation is ongoing.