Canada PM Justin Trudeau condemns attack on Muslim girl in Toronto

Khawlah Noman 11 says a man tried to cut off her hijab while she was walking to school in Toronto

Khawlah Noman 11 says a man tried to cut off her hijab while she was walking to school in Toronto

"All that he did was smile".

Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred at about 9am at or around the east side of the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto, said police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante.

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 check their footage in case they captured the attack. Once she realized what was happening she screamed and ran up to a group of friends. In an interview to media men, she gave the details of the incident. "He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again", Noman told reporters, alleging that the person was grinning at her before fleeing again. "I felt really scared and confused because I didn't feel comfortable that people were doing this".

Noman's mother Saima Samad also talked to reporters at the school. "I don't know why he did that".

"It's just not Canada". It's not right and he should get help.

"For those of us who wear a head scarf, it's like we have a target on us", said Amira Elghawaby, a human rights advocate based in Ottawa. "In the meantime, we're offering supports to the impacted student and her family", said Bird. "You should not act like this". He said he could not confirm the girl's age or grade.

The outrage that two young, innocent, Canadian kids could face such an ugly attack over a hijab clearly struck a nerve.

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.

Sidhu called the girl's actions "brave and smart".

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"She was fearless 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. "For something to happen to one of our kids here, it's all the more piercing in the heart".

The school has brought in social workers for the children to speak with, if they wish to do so. He has a medium build, is between five-foot-eight and six-feet tall. The siblings said he had black hair with straight bangs to the eyebrows, a thin mustache and black prescription glasses.

Calling the incident "startling and disturbing", Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu said "young people going to school should not have to go through this".

Toronto mayor John Tory said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident, stating, "No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing" in a statement. Anyone who can help with further information should Toronto Police or Crime Stoppers.

This is a cowardly act of hatred, and it has no place in Ontario.

"It does not represent who we are [as Canadians]", Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a Twitter message in response to the attack.

"I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said at a cabinet retreat in London, Ont.

So was her little brother Mohammad Zakariyya, who's just ten.

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