Fire Teacher Who Allegedly Called Muslim Student “Terrorist”

Target: First Colony Junior High School Principal Scott Wagoner and Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre

Goal: Terminate teacher who reportedly called a Muslim student a terrorist.

An English/Language Arts teacher in a Fort Bend County, Texas middle school has been removed from the classroom while the school district conducts an investigation into an incident where she allegedly called a Muslim student a terrorist.

Waleed Abushaaban is an honors student at First Colony Junior High School. After having completed tests, he and his classmates spent the rest of the period watching Bend It Like Beckham. Waleed laughed during the movie, prompting his teacher, whose name has not been released, to say, “I wouldn’t be laughing if I was you.” After Waleed asked the teacher why, she reportedly responded by saying “because we all think you’re a terrorist.”

The teacher’s comment sparked other kids in the classroom to mock Waleed. They laughed at him and made jokes at his expense and one student allegedly went so far as to say, “oh, I see a bomb!” The ridicule made Waleed “feel like [he] was put in the corner” and the teacher did nothing to keep the students from engaging in this atrocious, bigoted behavior.

Waleed’s parents and local Muslim leaders are calling for the teacher to be fired and for the students and other teachers at First Colony Middle School to attend religious sensitivity training. Because of her alleged commentary and her failure to keep other students from shaming Waleed Abushaaban for being a Muslim, the teacher should be terminated. This kind of behavior does not befit an educator.


Dear Mr. Wagoner and Dr. Dupre,

Due to an incident involving a Muslim student at First Colony Junior High School that involved the teacher allegedly calling the student a “terrorist” and classmates engaging in ridicule and mockery, we urge you to take steps in terminating the teacher’s employment with First Colony Junior High School and the Fort Bend Independent School District. This kind of behavior is unacceptable for an educator, as clearly pointed out in the District’s statement to KHOU regarding the incident.

To not terminate this teacher would be sending a message that negative Muslim stereotypes, an anti-Muslim classroom, and institutionalized Islamophobic attitude is tolerated. We urge you to not contribute to the wrong side of this divisive social issue. We urge you to send a message that Islamophobia will not be tolerated in any of your schools and that Islamophobia has no place in public education.


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Photo Credit: Karen Apricot

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  1. The teacher is most likely correct in her analogy of calling the muslim a terrorist.
    Well done teacher.Go back to the middle east muslims,if you can’t fit into our civilised society.
    This is the stupidest petition that Force Change has ever compiled.

    • Angelique St.Pierre says:

      What’s STUPID is a supposedly ‘grown-ass woman’ such as yourself, picking on a grade-schooler just because he happens to be of a religion you d like! That ‘broad brush’ works BOTH WAYS honey: If you’re a christian, you must be *exactly* the same as those scumbag Westboro Christians I despise … so YOU GTFO too! You are an ignorant, uncivilized, embarrassment and I PRAY they don’t let you around children. Thank goodness you’re a dying breed!

    • Nicolás Caballero Mühlbach says:

      Eres gilipollas, dejas en mal lugar a los buenos norteamericanos… Cristiana de mierda.

  2. No need to sack the teacher,that won’t solve the problem it will create more makes Muslims looks bad for wanting revenge,its better to tolerate it and give the teacher lots of good wishes for for helping you to make even more don’t want to walk in the wrong path,you want walk in right path with positive righteous actions.supreme being god,allah,Shiva ect is the judge not the humans,the supreme being did not give certificate to judge is an insult to supreme being saying that he didnt do better job so you decided to carry out judgement on others.leave it supreme beings not take law into your hands.

  3. Hate to say but, I bet she is correct!
    Can’t trust any of them after 9/11.

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