By Victor Ochieng
A 6-year-boy Muslim boy suffering from down syndrome got into trouble in school with his elementary school teacher who suspected he was a terrorist. This is because, according to the teacher, the boy kept repeating the words “Allah” and “Boom.”
Fox 26 Houston published a report in which they said the Pearland, Texas teacher called the police on Mohammad Suleiman, 6, son of Maher Suleiman, a resident of Pearland.
“It’s not true, he doesn’t speak at all,” Suleiman said of his son, whom he says was born with Down syndrome chromosome 21.
Because of the teacher’s call, both the police and the Child Protection Unit responded and even visited Suleiman’s family to conduct further investigations into the matter.
“The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life,” said Maher Suleiman. “My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine.”
Even though the Pearland Police Department already issued a report saying they’re through with their investigations and found no need for further action. The Child Protection Unit indicated that their investigations are still ongoing.
Explaining what his son is suffering from, Suleiman said, “Mohammad was born with Down’s Syndrome Chromosome 21. He needs care all the time.”
He also commented on the teacher’s decision to call in the police, saying, “They claim that he’s a terrorist. This is so stupid, this is discrimination actually. It’s not implied discrimination, it’s a hundred percent discrimination.”
The teacher was filling in for a regular teacher at the CJ Harris Elementary School when the incident took place.
A spokesperson for the school district said he wasn’t in a position to share more personal information about students because of privacy laws.
Many people who commented on the story expressed different opinions about the teacher’s action.
One user on Independent.co.uk supported the teacher’s decision to call the police, saying, “We have only his word against the teacher’s who won’t speak for legal reasons. Any anomaly relating to children is reported to police to ensure that they are not being abused by the family. One of my friends had a cop knocking on his door asking questions because a person walking in front of his house heard the sobs of his child being given a time-out in the garage and reported it. He was let off with a warning.”
But then another blamed the country’s leadership, saying, “Muslims in USA are in danger. The country echoes of Germany in the 1930s: minorities and the media under attack in a highly militarized, weaponized and violent society led by a fascist leader.”