Man attacks Canadian schoolgirl with scissors to cut off her hijab

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2018

A Toronto schoolgirl was assaulted Friday by a man who tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, police said.

Khawlah Noman said a young man approached her with scissors twice while she was walking to school.

Khawlah said she's now "actually really scared" to walk to school. She said she screamed upon seeing him, prompting the assailant to run away.

Akin to a familiar theme before and after the 2016 USA presidential election, an 11-year-old female Toronto grammar school student is claiming a man attempted to cut off her hijab while she was on her way to school this morning.

"We don't know what motivated the attack", Toronto police Constable David Hopkinson said initially but authorities later said the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Toronto Police describe the man as Asian, in his 20s, with a medium build, around 5-foot-10, with black hair and a moustache.

Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird told CBC Toronto that police and the student's family was immediately contacted after Khawlah reported what happened to school officials.

"I don't know why he did that, it's just not Canada. I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", he said.

"I'm just so happy she's safe", Samad said fighting back tears as she explained that, in her 25 years living in Canada, she had never experienced such an incident. We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can. She thanked the school and everyone who she said were so supportive.

She told police she was first attacked as she walked with her brother along Birchmount Road around 8:30 a.m. He was wearing glasses, a black hoodie and black trousers.

"I feel this is bad and I do not like it".

"My heart goes out to the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion".

Noman now fears walking to school. She was left alone, separated from the group, and she said the man attacked her a second time.

"I'm frustrated and I'm angry, but I do believe in peace in Canada". "I'm so proud to be a Canadian".

"I join with all Toronto residents in standing up to such an act of hatred".

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory also released statements condemning the attack. "Intolerance and hate of any kind, including Islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province or our country".

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