April 25th, 2010 14:30 EST
NY Seventh-Grader Victim of Hate Crime
The insults first came in fifth grade, pursuing Xelina Encarnacion in hallways, classrooms and the school bus that carried her between her Loch Sheldrake home and Tri-Valley Elementary School.
The taunts of "bomb baby," "terrorist" and "towel head" followed her into the seventh grade at Tri-Valley Secondary School as she began wearing a hijab, a traditional head covering that Muslim women begin wearing at puberty.
When a boy pulled her hijab Wednesday, Xelina retaliated, landing in detention after chasing him down and hitting him. "I felt violated," she said. "I felt like I didn`t deserve it, because I was protecting myself."
The Tri-Valley Central School District said two students accused of taunting Xelina were harshly punished this week. Her parents say the call telling them their daughter was serving detention was the latest insult after repeated complaints to school officials. (More)
17-MONTH SENTENCE FOR MAN WHO THREATENED MUSLIM WOMAN, CHILD - TOP
Mike Carter, Seattle Times, 4/23/10
An Auburn man was sentenced to a maximum 17 months in prison for malicious harassment and second-degree assault after threatening a Muslim woman and her 6-month-old child with a knife at the Seattle Indian Health Board in July 2009.
Eric Lee Garner made anti-Muslim remarks and threatened to cut the woman and her baby during the incident, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney`s Office.