US Teacher suspended for calling Muslim student a Taliban

2015-03-19 06:11:07 | Al Muslim News
US Teacher suspended for calling Muslim student a Taliban


A South Florida school board voted to suspend a teacher who was accused of a racial slur against a Muslim student calling "a rag-head Taliban," media sources reported. Maria Valdes, a French teacher at Cypress Bay High School, will be suspended for five days without pay and must complete mandatory diversity training. Youssef Hassan Wardani, the father of the 14 years old Muslim student, Deyab-Houssein Wardani, said: "Teacher called my son, on Feb. 2 as we walked into class, 'Here comes the rag-head Taliban.'" Youssef said his son recalled that the French teacher, Maria Valdes, repeated the slur several times. After complaint against the racist teacher by student’s father, the Broward School Board voted on 17 March to suspend Ms. Valdes for five days without pay. Youssef Wardani, was disappointed by short time suspension of teacher for her offensive behavior, which was reportedly several times. He said: "You have failed every teacher and parent and child in this district just to hide. Maria Valdes and racists-like her." Student Deyab-Houssein who is of Lebanese and Moroccan decent shared his father's frustration and said the short suspension should have been "more severe" since five days will serve more like "a vacation for her". However, the parents of student is considering further legal action.


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