Toronto schoolgirl, 11, 'really scared' after hijab cut in scissors attack

Toronto schoolgirl, 11, 'really scared' after hijab cut in scissors attack

Toronto schoolgirl, 11, 'really scared' after hijab cut in scissors attack

Akin to a familiar theme before and after the 2016 USA presidential election, an 11-year-old female Toronto grammar school student is claiming a man attempted to cut off her hijab while she was on her way to school this morning.

At an afternoon press conference, 11-year-old Khawlah said she was walking down the street with her brother when a man came up from behind, removed the hood of her winter coat, and cut into her hijab.

The attacker, in 10 minutes, repeatedly cut the girl's hijab using scissors while she was walking to school with her brother.

"He just smiled and ran away", she said. But shortly after the first assault, the same man returned and "continued cutting" Noman's headscarf while grinning, before running away.

Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred at about 9am at or around the east side of the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto, said police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante.

Toronto police say he's described as Asian in his 20's about 5 foot 8 to 6 feet tall with a moustache and glasses.

She said, "Someone insulted me by cutting my hijab". "I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is". "I and my sister were so frightened that we didn't know what to do".

Khawlah - who appeared alongside her mother and her brother - said she is now afraid to walk to school, but was comforted by the support of her school and family.

They are asking that anyone with security or dash cam video who may have been in the Birchmount Road and Bay Mills Boulevard area around 9 check their footage in case they captured the attack.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black trousers, brown gloves, and had prescription glasses with black frames on his face, police said.

"I turned around and I saw him with his scissors", Khawlah said.

'Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated'. "I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this". This attack took place in Toronto, Canada. "We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", he wrote in a tweet.

"No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing or for any other reason", John Tory said. "Intolerance and hate of any kind, including islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province, or our country".

I join with all Toronto residents in standing up to such an act of hatred.

"This does not represent who we are", the premier added in a statement posted to Twitter.

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