Chicago Tribune: Teacher called 6th grader a terrorist, federal complaint says

By Carlos Sadovi

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The family of a 13-year-old Muslim student who claims that a former teacher singled him out as a “terrorist” during a 6th grade history class in the spring called for the woman’s firing after meeting with Chicago Public Schools officials and a federal mediator for several hours Thursday.

School officials said they investigated the complaint against the unnamed teacher, and she now faces discipline ranging from suspension to dismissal.

But no resolution was reached Thursday between school officials and the family of Saleh Choudhary Jr., now a 7th grader at Brentano Math and Science Academy, 2723 N. Fairfield Ave., so the two sides will meet again Oct. 27.

In a complaint the Choudharys filed with federal education officials several months ago, they allege the boy’s teacher singled him out during a discussion on ancient Mesopotamia, saidChristina Abraham, civil rights director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Abraham said the teacher turned to the boy and used him as an example of “terrorists blowing up something on a plane.”

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