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Hate-crime hoax confirmed: Police say girl who claimed man threatened to cut off her hijab lied


Akin to a familiar theme before and after the 2016 US presidential election, an 11-year-old female Toronto grammar school student is claiming a man attempted to cut off her hijab while she was on her way to school this morning.

According to CBC News, Khawlah Noman, who attends the Pauline Johnson Junior Public School, said she “felt the man behind her” so she turned around to see what was up. After she screamed, the man ran away, but returned minutes later to “continue cutting [her] hijab again.”

Toronto Police say they don’t yet know whether to call this a hate crime. The assailant is described as an Asian man in his 20s with a mustache and glasses.

Khawlah said she told the man “What you’re doing is really wrong, you should not act like this, and especially, I’m a kid.”

Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird told CBC Toronto that police and the student’s family was  immediately contacted after Khawlah reported what happened to school officials.

“This is shocking to learn of this assault. And we’ll be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can. In the meantime, we’re offering supports to the impacted student and her family,” said Bird.

The Toronto Star adds:

Speaking at a press conference Friday, the victim, 11-year-old Khawlah Noman, says the man smiled at her when he cut her hijab. She appeared alongside her mother, Saima Samad, and her younger brother, 10- year-old Mohammad Zakariyya, who was walking with her at the time of her attack. …

Speaking at the podium, the girl’s emotional mother told reporters she was “happy that she’s safe,” and said the community has been supportive of her daughter.

“I don’t know why he did that, it’s just not Canada. I’m so proud to be a Canadian, and I feel so safe in this community,” Samad said.

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 frustrated and I’m angry, but I do believe in peace in Canada. I am so proud to be a Canadian, and I want to give him the same message,” she said.

In early December 2016, a female Muslim Baruch College student claimed several men shouting “Donald Trump!” attempted to tear off her hijab on a New York City subway train; she later admitted to making it up.

Similar incidents occurred at Georgetown, the University of Louisiana Lafayette, and the University of Michigan.

UPDATE: Toronto Police confirm that the alleged attack did not happen:

“Investigators worked extremely hard since the allegations on Friday. They gathered evidence from a variety of sources,” before concluding the story was untrue, [police spokesperson Mark] Pugash said, adding that the girl who reported the incident will not face any legal consequences.

Pugash said false claims like Ms. Noman’s are “quite rare.” Really?

MORE: 17 campus hate crimes that turned out to be hoaxes in 2017

MORE: Prosecutors: No charges against Muslim student for hate-crime hoax

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  • Midori

    Your on rather shaky ground raising the possibility of this being a hoax. What evidence have you got other than it has happened before? Yes, it does sound strange but you need more to go on than that to suggest that this is made up.

    • Hatchie0


    • TxMedRgr

      We need a lot more to suggest this is true. It sure sounds like a story an 11 year old would make up.

      • Lyn Ibson

        Toronto PD is treating it as credible. So far, so good.

        • Byrd Westbrook

          No surprise there. No doubt they welcome this alleged incident.

          • Lyn Ibson

            Suit yourself

        • Dd

          Police — ha, they tow the party line — they lie too OR go on the fake facts they are spoon fed. That acting is so bad I have to think Jihadi Justin was the drama teacher.

    • lola

      Well it looks like it was a lie.

  • Hatchie0

    That’s ridiculous, why would he not just yank it off. More liberal, BS propaganda.

  • The_Hoser

    Absolutely a hoax. The last Asian I saw with a mustache was Guy LeDouche on “Most Extreme Challenge.”

    • Lyn Ibson

      You need to get out more.

  • Byrd Westbrook


  • Byrd Westbrook

    H-O-A-X !!! Question the parents.

  • I’m from Toronto. This could easily have happened, not necessarily out of systemic Islamophobia, but in the category of Weird Shit That Happens in Toronto to people of all walks of life

  • Dd

    I believe this is a staged “fake news” event to make those that don’t tow the Muslim party line look bad in Canadian society. These actors must have taken lessons from that lousy drama teacher himself…. Jihadi Justin.

  • Marilyn Nicholson

    its raining..she has her hood up…only her and her brother seen on a busy street…and who would be carrying scissors…why not just pull it off…

  • George Middleton

    if you so proud to be a canadian get ride of the face covering, proud canadians dont run around hiding there faces