DACULA, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County School system is responding after a Dacula High School teacher said she was threatened by a student over her headscarf.
Mairah Teli posted the note to her Facebook page Friday. In the note, the anonymous student wrote, 'Your headscarf isn't allowed anymore. Why don't you tie it around your neck...and hang yourself with it...on your neck instead of your head!"
Teli is a practicing Muslim and wears the headscarf for her faith. The teacher said she shared the note on her page as a way to “raise awareness about the reality and climate of our community.”
11Alive News contacted the school system, who released a statement. It reads in part, “A threat against a staff member is a serious matter and we are investigating this incident.”
The school said it’s doing all it can to identify the person who wrote and left the note. In the meantime, school officials said there have been no disruptions at school, and things are going smoothly.
Teli, who received overwhelming support from the Dacula school community and online, said she was touched to be receiving messages of support from all across the country.
“I want to sincerely thank you for your kinds words and well-wishes,” she wrote in a follow-up post. “I feel your support affirms that our country is built on morals of compassion and kindness.”
In the past few days since Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States, there have been a number of reported incidents of hate speech, including spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs. Anti-Trump protesters have also been marching in Atlanta and several states across the U.S.
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