Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

At just 11 years old Khawlah Noman was so poised, calm and fearless. But the man came back just as Kahawlah was waiting for her brother who was stopped at a light across the street. When Khawlah got to school, she told her principal what happened.

"I feel confused, scared and terrified".

She is a student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School.

Toronto police are searching for a man who allegedly cut a young girl's hijab with a pair of scissors on her way to school.

Khawlah said she felt the man behind her while she was walking to school with her younger brother, Mohammad Zakariyya, and turned around and saw him holding scissors.

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But the alleged attack was not over.

Police say the child was allegedly attacked twice by the same man in 10 minutes, according to one of their tweets, and there was two victims involved. After the second time he just smiled and ran away.

When asked what she would say to the suspect, Noman added: "What you're doing is way wrong. I am a kid".

Samad said she grew up in Canada and has been here for 25 years, and has not seen this type of incident before.

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.

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"The man has fled", Const. David Hopkinson said.

In a tweet, they described the suspect as Asian, in his 20s, with a medium build, black hair and a moustache. He was last seen wearing black prescription glasses, a black sweater with the hood up, black trousers and brown gloves. So are the politics. "We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", she added.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about the attack during a speech wrapping up a two-day cabinet retreat in London, Ont., on Friday afternoon. "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated".

Toronto District School Board spokesman Ryan Bird says staff contacted police and the girl's parents shortly after she arrived at school.

"No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing or for any other reason", he said in a statement.

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And you don't typically see the mayor, premier and prime minister all reacting to a crime. That they were so courageous to tell their story captured the hearts of so many.

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