August 31, 2009

Hernando student lied about seeing Muslim student sit during Pledge of Allegiance, officials say

You can read about it HERE.

I feel bad for both the girls involved in this mess. If it is true and she was only bullying the Muslim girl and tried to cover it up with patriotism, she should be dealt with discipline. I don't think it was necessary to have it drawn out in public and now that the school officials are saying that the Muslim girl was standing for the pledge, the other girl looks like a bully and a liar. It was reported that the person who contacted the media in the first place were Lawrence's parents and that the other student's parents haven't commented yet. So technically they brought this on themselves.

It is sad that the other student was bullied and then bullied some more as she was attacked for not being American enough. What frightens me even more is Heather's alleged comments about Iraqis being the enemy and her signing up for the Army next year. That is NOT cool. I think someone needs to let her know that racism is NOT an American Value, or a family Value NOT even a military value.

After the incident, Lawrence was asked by a teacher why she confronted the girl.

"She began to rant that she was enlisting and was going to Iraq and that basically because the girl looks Middle Eastern, that makes her an enemy because all Iraqis are Middle Eastern," according to the referral signed by assistant principal Stephen Crognale.

Lawrence, who says she plans to enlist in the Army, denied Friday she said that or feels that way. She told the St. Petersburg Times that telling the student to take off her hijab was a little "over the edge" and that she would consider apologizing.

She shouldn't be allowed to enlist she sounds like a confused individual who needs help. Why do we raise our children like this? How are we ever going to live in peace if we praise our children for lying and bullying and victimize the victim further? May Allah swt give her and her whole family hidaya. ameen. The Muslim sister walked away from the incident alhamdulillah and is slowly being cleared of all the lies spewed at her. May Allah swt bless her with what is best in this life and in the hereafter. ameen.


muslim convert / revert said...

:*( gosh wow she deserves to be punished thats awful. :S xx

.::Tuttie::. said...

She does definitely. I kinda feel bad for her but at the same time I feel that she needed to learn this lesson even if it was the hard way. I don't think she belongs in the military AT ALL.

Jaz said...

Even if she did sit, it's no reason to retaliate in an even worse manner back. There's no excuse for bullying but a kid clearly doesn't pick up this attitude by itself; the parents will almost surely have something to do with it.
I don't know how much the American Pledge of Allegiance means but I refused to Pledge Allegiance to the Queen & Country here in Scotland, which wasn't a huge deal.