The first note came on Friday reading, "You're a terrorist." The second arrived Tuesday saying, "I will kill you." It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it's something that happened in a real 5th grade class.
A 10-year-old Muslim girl received the two threatening notes in her cubby at Hemenway Elementary in Massachusetts. Robert Tremblay, the Framingham School District Superintendent, said they didn't believe students or the girl who received the note are in danger, but still, there is an investigation going on to determine who sent the notes.
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The girl's uncle Jamaal Siddiqui. spoke for the family with reporters saying:
"All she said is she wants to be as normal as possible. She doesn't want to be treated differently. I've been through racism. My wife has been through racism. As adults we know how to cope with it but for our niece, she doesn't know why she's being targeted."
Principal Elizabeth Simon added this is the first time this type of hate has been displayed at the school. She said:
"We have not had something that was such a targeted, hateful message. ... My staff is devastated."
Tremblay went on to say this is part of a larger problem of intolerance and hate and there needs to be a bigger conversation happening:
This is a pervasive problem we need to take a stand on and address. When you think about a child who's in fifth grade.That kind of hate, you know, where does that come from? It's not an innate feeling that a child would have. And the concern that we have is, how is this a teachable opportunity for our classrooms?"
In a show of solidarity the rest of the 5th grade class sent letters of support to the girl and classroom discussions around hate crimes are happening.
@JCuocoNews @7News People suck!! Leave the poor little girl alone!!— Kristen Novak (@Kristen Novak)1542211530.0
@BuzzFeedNews Awful for any child....— D'Ray (@D'Ray)1542260932.0
@BuzzFeedNews That hurts my heart— eliza_x_beth (@eliza_x_beth)1542260908.0
@BuzzFeedNews My fellow Americans: just be decent people. It ain’t that hard.— J. David Wallace (@J. David Wallace)1542262271.0
@BuzzFeedNews Possible? Um it certainly IS a hate crime— Atilrak (@Atilrak)1542263583.0
@FOX8NOLA & Who’s raising these HATEFUL ass children🤨🧐??— Dev💋✨💄 (@Dev💋✨💄)1542245906.0
These are the notes left to a 10 year-old Muslim girl in Massachusetts. The girl who is in fifth grade found the no… https://t.co/tYg2Ig7FyD— Simar (@Simar)1542301698.0
@sahluwal Thats so sad!! Kids arent born with hate in their hearts its taught! And with all of the school shootings… https://t.co/fr9TKzMn4R— 🦄🧘🏻♀️🎟🎼 (@🦄🧘🏻♀️🎟🎼)1542302027.0
@sahluwal Almost 70% this year ALONE?!!— Debra L. Brown born 07/06/1953 (@Debra L. Brown born 07/06/1953)1542301869.0
@sahluwal That's heartbreaking. Imagine having to explain to her why this happened. 💔— єℓℓєη ❣️ (@єℓℓєη ❣️)1542301762.0
@sahluwal It's not like kids are experts at hiding their handwriting. The problem will be getting through to them a… https://t.co/nBwAmvzAH2— Don Sinclaire (@Don Sinclaire)1542301872.0
@SinclaireDon @sahluwal Agreed. I suspect that there will be no "getting through" to these parents. Hopefully it wi… https://t.co/yvsnOBGnQC— Tia Will (@Tia Will)1542303908.0
@sahluwal @AllResistNews This poor child will remember this for a long time. What hate does.— Freedom Alert (@Freedom Alert)1542301970.0
@sahluwal @ResistanceYoda I’m sickened. 💔— Ann (@Ann)1542302775.0
If you are wondering where children learn hate, look no further.
@elizabethforma Absolutely zero chance that this is true. Sorry LyinLizzie! America is on to you.— JMPats (@JMPats)1542288239.0
@elizabethforma Lizzy going out on a limb here. Very bold— KHO (@KHO)1542282472.0
@elizabethforma This is the message antifa & the democratic party send out. Fear and violence.— D (@D)1542249689.0
@elizabethforma @elizabethforma is clearly fostering an environment of lies and hate.— RETJR (@RETJR)1542297161.0
@elizabethforma Zero chance this is real. Absolutely zero— john (@john)1542250793.0
@elizabethforma Bet a million bucks she wouldn’t make this tweet for a Christian girl!— Jo (@Jo)1542249323.0
@elizabethforma Oh it’s ok to denigrate, suppress and generally work to suppress Christianity but supporting Islam is ok.— Jim Garver (@Jim Garver)1542247447.0
And we wonder why humans can't have nice things.