RELIGION

District investigates pulling of Muslim student's hijab

A suburban Minneapolis school district is investigating after a Muslim student said a classmate pulled off her hijab and threw it on the ground.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the student at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids reported that the incident happened Friday.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2f1Ld6Q ) reports the girl's family told the advocacy group that another student came up behind her, removed the head covering and threw it on the ground, and then pulled her hair down in front of other students.

In a statement, the Anoka-Hennepin School District says preliminary findings indicate the incident was not motivated by racial bias.

School officials say they immediately reached out to the students and families involved when they learned of the incident.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com