Posted on December 20, 2021

Police Say No Hate Crime in Viral High School Hijab Incident

Hannah Nightingale, The Post Millennial, December 19, 2021

Following a viral altercation involving a hijab that occurred at Fairfax High School on Dec. 14 that prompted CAIR-backed student protests, the Fairfax Police Department have concluded that there is no evidence of a hate crime.

On Dec. 14, student Ekran Mohamed said she was called racist slurs, was pushed by two male classmates, and had her hijab pulled, revealing her hair.

In an Instagram video posted several days ago by a woman identifying Mohamed as her niece, Mohamed described the incident.

She said during a monthly meeting with marketing classes, a male Egyptian student “drew the Islamic flag and put a cross on it, like a red cross, like an X.”


Following that, the male student tried to grab Mohamed’s hijab from the back, she said. {snip}

Fairfax police began an investigation into the matter as advocacy groups, primarily the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), called for an investigation into the alleged hate crime at the local high school.

“The police investigation determined the physical altercation between two Fairfax High School students was not a hate crime. The investigation revealed there were no racial comments made by either student,” a Fairfax Police Department press release stated. “The female student confirmed her hijab became partially undone during the altercation, exposing her hair. The female student advised that the information posted on several social media websites, stating that racial comments were used during the altercation were false,” it continued.


On the Thursday morning following the incident, hundreds of students walked out of Fairfax High School in protest. {snip}