Toronto police said the girl was on her way to Pauline Johnson Junior Public School at 35 Dunmurray Blvd., near Warden Avenue and Huntingwood Drive, when a man with scissors assaulted her and cut off her hijab shortly before 9 a.m. January 12. The man fled the scene after the assault.
He's described as a man in his 20s, Asian, medium build, about five-foot-eight-inches and six-foot, with black hair and a moustache.
"This girl was courageous enough to confront the man, look at the man and make a noise, which is very good for her to realize this is wrong".
"I felt confused, scared, terrified", Noman told reporters at her school on Friday.
Toronto police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
They are asking that anyone with security or dash cam video who may have been in the Birchmount Road and Bay Mills Boulevard area around 9 a.m.to check their footage in case they captured the attack. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black hoodie and black trousers. She told police the man struck again when she and her brother were held back from the group at a stoplight. Khawlah said she noticed the scissors the suspect was carrying had a blue handle.
Sidhu says when the girl turned to confront him, he ran away. The man removed her hood before cutting her hijab. "In the meantime, we are offering supports to the impacted student and her family".
Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird told CBC Toronto that police and the student's family was immediately contacted after Khawlah reported what happened to school officials. Smiling, he allegedly tried again to cut off her hijab, before fleeing.
"This is bad and I do not like it", she told reporters at a news conference at her school hours after the incident.
"I'm just happy she's safe", said Samad, her voice breaking. "I'm so glad that she's safe and I'm safe".
When one of the reporters asked, "what do you think of this happening?", she replied, "I feel this is bad and I feel like this should stop". "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated", he posted on Twitter.
The incident has caught the attention of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who called it a "cowardly act of hatred" in a tweet.
"We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", she said.
She said: 'It's just not Canada.
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