Little girl attacked in Canada, man tries to cut off hijab

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 13, 2018

Toronto police said the girl was on her way to Pauline Johnson Junior Public School at 35 Dunmurray Blvd., near Warden Avenue and Huntingwood Drive, when a man with scissors assaulted her and cut off her hijab shortly before 9 a.m. January 12.

Toronto Police spokesperson Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu told CP24 the girl was on her way to Pauline Johnson Public School in Scarborough, when she felt something and turned around to see a man trying to cut her hijab with a pair of scissors. The man fled the scene after the assault.

Google Maps Pauline Johnson Junior Public School, where an 11-year-old girl was headed Friday when she was allegedly attacked.

Going on Noman's description, police are looking for an East Asian man in his 20s with a medium build, black hair and moustache wearing glasses. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black trousers. Khawlah said she noticed the scissors the suspect was carrying had a blue handle.

Officials from all three levels of government expressed sympathy for the girl.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack, saying he hopes the girl knows that not all Canadians are like her attacker. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said. "I like to think she knows that well, and the outpouring of support that I know she's getting".

The little girl's younger brother said he saw the man pull off the hood of her sister's jacket. He says no child should be afraid while walking to school because of what they are wearing or for any other reason.

She described the attack at a news conference. Zakariyya did not make the light in time to safely cross, and his sister waited for him to get across Birchmount.

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But a short time later, the man approached her from behind again and started cutting her hijab once more, she said.

Her brother told reporters that he was frightened, and anxious his sister would be hurt.

"I'm just happy she's safe". The blue hijab is now with police as evidence.

Talking to reporters through tears, Khawlah's mother said she has lived in Canada for 25 years and has always felt safe in the community.

Bird said the school board is offering support to the affected student and her family.

'"I was just very sad", Samad said.

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

The school serves almost 300 kindergarten to grade six students "of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds", according to the local school board. "It does not represent who we are (as Canadians)", Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a Twitter message.

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