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Muslim pupil singled out, asked if she has bomb in schoolbag

SINGLED OUT: A 13-year-old schoolgirl was asked if she had a bomb in her rucksack

AN ANGRY father is thinking about removing his daughter from her school after the teen's teacher reportedly singled her out in class and asked if she was carrying a bomb.

Abdirizak Aden, from Georgia in the US, said that his daughter was in her science class when her teacher asked her, in front of the entire class, if she had a bomb in her backpack.

The family, who are originally from Somalia and are Muslim, believe that the child was singled out because of her religion, CBS46 reported.

The 13-year-old, who attends Shiloh Middle School in Snellville, was wearing a hijab at the time, which is what Aden believes led the teacher to target her.

"Why do you have your book bag over your shoulders? Is there a bomb in there?" the girl's older sister, Anab Osman, recalled for the news station. "It came out of nowhere. My sister was in shock."

"I was very, very upset," Osman said.

"The whole class heard it," the concerned sister added. "No one could believe it. What kind of teacher says that?"

The mortified child called her father and asked to go home because of the embarrassment, The Root reported.

Her father went to the school to confront the teacher.

"She said she was joking. Then I said to her, 'Do you know what's going on in America? You're not supposed to joke like this'," the angry father said.

"We're Muslim but we're also Americans, and the right that other students have, we do, too," sister Osman pointed out.

According to news station CBS46, the school district has apologised for the teacher's comment but also said that it wasn't meant to cause harm.

“Her saying that towards me was very disrespectful, but that won’t stop me from doing what I came to do,” the 13-year-old told the New York Daily News. “I came in fifth grade, and in fifth, sixth and seventh, nobody ever said anything like that because they respect my religion.”

The girl's father added that he was so upset, he was tempted to pull the child from the school, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America,” he said. “I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think they are better than other people. I don’t want nobody to treat them like that.”

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