An 11-year-old Muslim girl who told police she was attacked twice by a man who snuck up behind her and cut her hijab while she walked to school, told reporters the man smiled at her before running away.
Khawlah said she felt the man behind her while she was walking to school with her younger brother, Mohammad Zakariyya, and turned around and saw him holding scissors. "He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again", Noman told reporters, alleging that the person was grinning at her before fleeing again. "Young kids coming to school shouldn't have to face this".
"The girl was courageous enough to confront the man, make some noise and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", she said. In an interview to media men, she gave the details of the incident. "This is bad and I do not like it".
"She was courageous enough to confront the man, make some noise. and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", said Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu. "You should not act like this".
Officers describe the suspect as an Asian man in his 20s with a medium build. The suspect is described as an Asian man with a moustache and glasses who is around 20 years old, wearing a black hoodie and black trousers.
According to Toronto publication, The Star, Khawlah's blue hijab has been taken by police as evidence and a friend loaned her a white one to wear. "In the meantime, we're offering supports to the impacted student and her family", said Bird.
Noman's mother, Saima Samad, was in tears as she described rushing to the school and hugging her daughter.
Samad said she grew up in Canada and has been here for 25 years, and has not seen this type of incident before. "I'm so proud to be a Canadian". "I feel safe in this community, but this is not right and he should get help".
Toronto Police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante told The Canadian Press that officers aren't treating the incident as a hate crime, but are not ruling it out.
"We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", she said.
Mayor Tory added: "I am shocked and appalled to learn a student wearing a hijab was assaulted on the way to school...no child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing". "I join with all Toronto residents in standing up to such an act of hatred".