- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2017

A teacher at a Nashville charter school was suspended this week after a video circulating on social media showed a student’s hijab being pulled off during class.

The first video with the caption “pretty hair,” shot in a classroom at the New Vision Academy and posted on Snapchat, showed someone pulling the headscarf off the girl’s head while she covered her face with her hands. A second video with the caption, “lol all that hair cover up,” showed the same person and other students playing with the girl’s hair.

A local NBC affiliate reported that the videos were posted from a teacher’s Snapchat account. 

Principal Tim Malone said the teacher denied making the video and that the girl was not treated with disrespect. He later issued a statement saying the teacher had been suspended without pay, NBC reported.

“The actions depicted in the Snapchat video do not reflect the values, culture or climate of New Vision Academy,” Mr. Malone said. “New Vision Academy will continue to emphasize that all staff members act in a way meant to empower and inspire our students. New Vision will use this video as an opportunity to press forward with increasing cultural sensitivity and awareness among all members of the New Vision community. The staff member in question has been suspended, without pay, and we have had direct discussions with the students depicted in the Snapchat.”

New Vision Academy apologizes for this unfortunate incident, and will be better in the future,” his statement added.

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