Fort Bend ISD teacher placed on leave after referring to student as 'terrorist'

- A Fort Bend ISD teacher is accused of calling at 7th grade student a terrorist during a class discussion. 

The First Colony Middle School teacher began having a discussion with her class about India. The student, 7th grader Waleed Abushaaban, who is of Middle Easter descent, stood and gave his input regarding the subject matter. 

According to students, the teacher told him to sit down and referred to him as a terrorist. Some students then laughed and threw themselves to the floor screaming, 'He's got a bomb!'. 

Abushaaban left the classroom and called his father. 

Standing in agreement with the family, Minister Quanell X has asked for cultural sensitivity training to be implemented and for the removal of that particular teacher.

Fort Bend ISD released the following statement: 

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the District was informed of parent concerns regarding offending remarks reportedly made by a probationary teacher.  The District does not support the teacher's actions, and when school administrators learned of the incident, they immediately removed the teacher from the classroom and placed her on administrative leave pending completion of the District's review of this matter.

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 District is proud of its rich cultural diversity and this isolated event is not representative of the positive learning experiences that the District's teachers provide to our nearly 74,000 students each and every day.


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