Nearly Half of North Texas Muslim Students Are Bullied at School, Report Says
Every now and then, a student walks up to Yazan Naseef in the hallway at Plano East High School and tells him exactly what he thinks of him and his religion.
I know how you guys really are, the student says, before railing about how Muslims all want to kill non-Muslims, gay people and women.
It's only a small handful of students who do it, Naseef said, and it doesn't happen often. But when it does, Naseef, an 11th grader, said other students jump to his defense. Naseef tries to show that it doesn't bother him.
"The way you lose is letting them insult you and letting it hurt you," he said.
Naseef isn't alone. Nearly half of all Muslim students in North Texas between ages 11 and 18 have been bullied at school, according to a study by the DFW chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Many of those students said bullying came from teachers or school administrators.