Toronto schoolgirl attacked, hijab cut with scissors

Possible hoax alert: Canadian schoolgirl claims man tried to 'cut off her hijab'

An 11-year-old girl was assaulted in Toronto Friday by a man who twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, police said. "I felt really scared and confused", Khawlah said.

Akin to a familiar theme before and after the 2016 United States 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. After she screamed, the man ran away, but returned minutes later to "continue cutting [her] hijab again".

The girl says by the time she got to school at about 9 a.m., her hijab had cuts in it as long as 30 centimetres.

"We don't know if this was a hate crime or not yet", said Const. David Hopkinson of the Toronto Police Service.

Once the young girl made it to school and reported the assault, police and her family were notified.

"I can't imagine how afraid she must have been". She 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.

She and her brother joined a group of other students also walking to school, for safety, but the siblings became separated from the group and from each other at an intersection crossing. You should not act like this, especially cause I'm a kid.

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Police are asking for the public's help to identify the attacker described as Asian, of medium build, with a thin moustache and black prescription glasses.

Samad said the family has lived in Canada for the 25 years and she grew up here, but she will exercise more caution when her kids walk to school from now on.

Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted about the incident, calling it a "cowardly act of hatred".

"We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can", the TDSB said in a statement.

Toronto police commended Khawlah for the way she had handled the incident.

"I'm just happy she's safe", said Noman's mother Saima Samad.

"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". "This is not who we are".

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