- The Washington Times - Monday, April 4, 2016

The parents of a Houston-area student say their son’s seventh-grade teacher should be fired for allegedly calling their child a “terrorist.”

Waleed Abushaaban, a 12-year-old honor student at First Colony Middle School in Sugar Land, said he and his classmates were watching a movie Thursday after taking a standardized test when his English and language arts teacher made the remark.

“We’re in the class watching a movie, and I was just laughing at the movie and the teacher said, ‘I wouldn’t be laughing if I was you,’” Waleed told the local CBS News affiliate. “And I said ‘why?’ She said, ‘because we all think you’re a terrorist.’”

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Before long, his classmates began making similar remarks, he said.

“They were like, ‘oh, I see a bomb!’ and they started all laughing and making jokes,” the boy said. “I was upset and I felt like I was put in the corner and like everybody was just looking at me.”

The teacher, who has not been identified, was “immediately” placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation, the Fort Bend Independent School District said in a statement Friday.

“While the teacher reports her statements were made in the context of trying to make a point about negative stereotypes, District officials do not believe that the teacher exercised the appropriate sensitivity expected of the District’s educators, and do not believe that the statements were made in a manner that is in keeping with the District’s Core Beliefs and Commitments,” the statement read.

The boy’s parents told reporters that the teacher should be removed from the job regardless.

“Just because my son is a Muslim doesn’t mean he is a terrorist,” the boy’s father, Malek Abushaaban, told CBS. “He’s an American. He’s as American as anybody else. He was born here. … That’s all he knows is how to be an American.”

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