TEXAS: A six-year-old Muslim boy with Down syndrome was feared as a terrorist by his teacher in a school in the United States after he kept repeating “Allah” and “boom” in his classroom, a media report said.
Mohammad Suleiman was born with Down Syndrome and he has intellectual difficulties, according to his father Maher Suleiman.
Mohammad attends C. J. Harris Elementary School in Pearland.
He said his son’s regular teacher in an elementary school left and a substitute teacher called police in Pearland, around 20 miles south of Houston, in Texas, about his son.
The teacher also said the school told the officer that Mohammad could talk.
Disgusted by the allegations, Mohammad’s father said his son did not speak at all and had the mental capacity of a one year-old, The Independent reported.
“Mohammad was born with Down’s Syndrome Chromosome 21. He needs care all the time.”
He added: “She claimed he was a terrorist. This is so stupid, it’s discrimination. Actually, it’s not implied discrimination, it’s a hundred per cent discrimination.”
“The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life. My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine,” the father said.
The Pearland Police Department said it has concluded its investigation and found no further action was needed.
However, the region’s Child Protective Services department said its investigation was ongoing.
With PTI inputs