CALIFORNIA – A Muslim teacher in Gwinnett County, California, has received an anonymous hateful note saying that her “headscarf isn’t allowed anymore”, telling her to hang herself with it.
“As a Muslim, I wear a headscarf as a practice of my faith. I want to share this to raise awareness about the reality and climate of our community. Spreading hate isn’t going to ‘make America great again,’” Mairah Teli, a teacher at Dacula High School in Gwinnett County, wrote on Facebook, the Independent reported on Sunday, November 13.
Teli posted a copy of the note on her Facebook page last Friday.
The note, scribbled in black ink, also told her to “tie” her headscarf around her neck and “hang yourself with it.”
The note ended with the word “America” along with a drawing of the American flag.
Sloan Roach, a spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Schools, said in a statement that school officials are working to find out who wrote the note.
“We take a threat against a staff member a serious matter,” Roach said.
Coming in a hard time for American Muslims, shortly after the election of Donald Trump as the new president, it remains unclear whether the person who wrote it was inspired by Trump or no.
“I feel children feel safe making comments that are racist or sexist because of him,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
On the campaign trail, the president-elect had promised to keep Muslims from entering the United States.
He later backed off from a complete ban, saying his proposal would keep immigrants from countries that have been “compromised by terrorism.”
The surprising election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president is having its negative impact on American Muslims.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of harassment and intimidation since Trump was elected. Many were directed toward African Americans, immigrants, Muslims and the LGBT community.
Teli is a California native who grew up in Gwinnett County and teaches language arts at Dacula High School.
After receiving the note, she told her students that she would be happy to speak with them about why she wears a headscarf, she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We are living in a time with a lot of disagreement, a lot of conflict,” Teli said, adding that it’s important to teach students to disagree peacefully and respectfully.