Nearly Half of Muslim Students in California Schools Have Been Bullied in Some Way: Report

Nearly half of California's Muslim students say they have been subjected to some form of bias-based bullying, according to a first-ever report released Thursday. "Growing in Faith: California Muslim Youth Experiences with Bullying, Harassment and Religious Accommodation in Schools" was presented by the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), whose Greater Los Angeles office is in Anaheim.

"Being called 'terrorist' or 'Bin laden' is still a reality for many American Muslim students," says CAIR-LA Civil Rights Manager Fatima Dadabhoy in a statement announcing the report.

"Throughout the course of this study, we were alarmed to find that many Muslim students didn't even deem this as a form of bullying. Through this report, we hope to show that a decision to dismiss mistreatment as a natural consequence of being Muslim in America, or simply part of growing up, is unacceptable and normalizes a toxic school environment."

Among the findings, based on a statewide survey of nearly 500 Muslim students ages 11 to 18:

* One in five young women reported being bullied because they wore an Islamic headscarf (hijab) to school;
* One in five youth reported they were unsure of participating in classroom discussions in which Islam or Muslims are discussed and were unsure of whether teachers respected their religion;
* More than a third of bullying victims surveyed indicated that reporting harassment incidents to school administrators was not helpful.

For more on the problem, read the full report:

For more on possible solutions, read An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.

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tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Who Cares? The cops are BULLIES! WHILE ON DUTY!

Why is it illegal for citizens while the cops get away with the same crimes? Or Worse.


When I went to school, that number probably would have been 100%, so maybe credit should be given for making progress.

But that's what kids do:  They rat-pack the oddball.  They always have, and they always will.  It's exactly the same all over the planet, no matter the society.

A sharp educator will seize upon these "teachable moments" to set the offending kid straight, knowing that raising a child involves civilizing that child.


British schooling and the British society is the home of institutional racism. The result is that Muslim children are unable to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, therefore, majority of them leave schools with low grades. Racism is deeply rooted in British society. Every native child is born with a gene or virus of racism, therefore, no law could change the attitudes of racism towards those who are different. It is not only the common man, even member of the royal family is involved in racism. The father of a Pakistani office cadet who was called a "***" by Prince Harry has profoundly condemned his actions. He had felt proud when he met the Queen and the Prince of Wales at his son's passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006 but now felt upset after learning about the Prince's comments. Queen Victoria invited an Imam from India to teach her Urdu language. He was highly respected by the Queen but other members of the royal family had no respect for him. He was forced to go back to India. His portrait is still in one of the royal places.   A report by the Institute for Community Cohesion found that native parents were deserting some schools after finding their children out numbered by pupils from ethnic minorities. Schools in parts of England are becoming increasingly segregated. The study focused on 13 local authorities. Many of the schools and colleges are segregated and this was generally worsening over recent years. This is RACISM because British society is the home of institutional racism. My statement regarding Muslim schools where there is no place for non-Muslim child or a teacher is based on educational process and not on racism. Muslim children need Muslim teachers during their developmental periods. For higher studies and research, Muslim teacher is not a priority.   You better teach your children in your own schools and let migrant communities teach their children according to their needs and demands. British Establishment and society should concentrate on the evils of their own society and stop trying to change the way of life of Muslims. Muslim community does not want to integrate with the British society, indulging in incivility, anti-social behaviour, drug and knife culture, binge drinking, teenage pregnancies and abortion.  Prince Charles, while visiting the first grant maintained Muslim school in north London, said that the pupils would be the future ambassadors of Islam. But what about thousands of others, who attend state schools deemed to be "sink schools"? In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim community schools, I was declared a "school hijacker" by an editorial in the Newham Recorder newspaper in east London. This clearly shows that the British media does not believe in choice and diversity in the field of education and has no respect for those who are different. Muslim schools, in spite of meager resources, have excelled to a further extent this year, with couple of schools achieving 100% A-C grades for five or more GCSEs. They beat well resourced state and independent schools in Birmingham and Hackney.  Muslim schools are doing better because a majority of the teachers are Muslim. The pupils are not exposed to the pressures of racism, multiculturalism and bullying.   There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.


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Was 9/11 a hate crime?Our troops are killed by muslims everyday. muslims are killed by their own familys when they buck the system...muslims want all jews dead according to the korean...muslims kill christians everyday around the world...muslim men wear no outward signs of their faith but force the woman to wear their slave outfit in public. They stand against all that is inclusive and peaceful. 

JGlanton topcommenter

Why anyone would print CAIR propaganda any more is beyond me. They continue to play their Islamic victim grievance theatre, coming up with phony and misleading statistics. How many fake stories do they have to put out before the press stops printing them? Apparently it is infinite.  What CAIR has always done is define any incident involving a muslim as anti-islamic. If a muslim gets into an argument over a parking space, it's an anti-islamic incident. If idiot students tease other idiot students, and one happens to be Islamic, it's islamophobia. CAIR's primary job is one of moral inversion, trying to convince the public that the problem most disturbling the peace of the world is not Islamic jihad terror, but islamophobia. The OCWeekly and most other newspapers are their useful idiots.

130 out of 5796 hate crimes in the USA in 2012 were anti-Islamic. In other words, this is a marginal issue. While every hate crime is deplorable, 130 incidents in a population of 300 million people is statistically insignificant. It is an amazingly tiny number, improbably small, considering the chances of some random muslim crossing paths with some random drunk asshole are happening many times a day in cities across this country. A Jew is more than 5 times more likely to be a victim of a hate crime in the USA.  This country has been incredibly tolerant and welcoming to muslims, no different than any other group. This is truly amazing considering that Islamic groups have declared war on the USA and attacked us numerous times, and a continuous stream of violent terrorist plots by muslims within this country are being uncovered. Their have been over 22,000 different deadly Islamic terror attacks since 9/11 and CAIR's job is to divert our attention.

Now compare that 130 number to the number of CAIR members who have been convicted, deported, indicted, or fleed an investigation for supporting, giving aid, or being members of known terrorist groups. That would be statistically significant.


While I don't doubt that muslim kids or kids of middle-eastern/central asian decent are bullied and I would not be surprised they are bullied at a higher rate than other teens I did not see in the study a comparison to the average student. I would be more interested in a study that was more comprehensive. I think it would shed light on how kids of muslim/ME/CA extraction are treated compaired with their fellow students as well as their treatment when compaired with other religious/ethnic minorities or LGBT kids. It's a shame that kids get bullied for things they have no control over (like ethnicity, sexuality, disability) or their religious views (or lack there of).


@bphoodHow do you type with the pointy white hood over your head. The eye holes seem so small.


So, the fact that 2.24% of hate crimes are directed against .8% of the population is supposed to be comforting?

JGlanton topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog  I doubt that they are bullied at a higher rate than anyone else. Why say such a thing without facts? Kids bully other kids for all kinds of stupid reasons. If I had CAIR's resources I could easily do a study that shows that kids with moles on their face are bullied at a significantly higher rate than other kids, muslims included. So what?

As far as the other groups you mention, a lesbian is more likely to be a victim of a hate crime than a muslim, according to the FBI. Gay guys are 5X more likely, Asians have the same number as muslims, blacks get 14 times more, Hispanics three times more, and people with disabilities get fewer by a factor 0.72. Given those numbers, muslims are about as safe as any other group from hate crimes.

Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog"their" religious "views"?  What are "their" religous "views"? Their views on religion? The views they consciously, independently, and rationally obtained by analyzing different forms of spirituality?

Some would say "raising" your kids to be Muslim [or Catholic or Jewish or Hindu or...] is a form of child abuse in itself.


After doing a bit of research 1-4 children have reported being bullied. That would make the norm 25%. So apparently kids of muslim ME/CA decent are twice as likely to be bullied. So I ask you "Why say such a thing without facts?"


Regardless of your and my views on religion or raising your children with a religious worldview, bullying children for sharing their parent's religious views is not right.

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