NJ teacher accused of removing student’s hijab speaks out as cops investigate

Authorities in Maplewood, New Jersey have opened an investigation into allegations that a teacher “forcibly” removed a second grader’s hijab, an incident the instructor called a misunderstanding.

The alleged Oct. 6 incident at Seth Boyden Elementary School touched off an online firestorm after fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim-American Olympic medalist, posted about it on Facebook last week.

South Orange-Maplewood School District officials notified parents of the police investigation in a Tuesday letter to parents, according to NorthJersey.com.

After initially announcing that social media was not a “reliable forum for due process,” Superintendent Ronald Taylor reportedly sent a letter to parents saying that the school was suspending

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