Mairah Teli is a Muslim high school teacher at Dacula High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Recently, she found a truly offensive note on her desk.
Teli decided to share the contents of the vile letter on social media to raise awareness of the reality of discrimination.
The note said:
Your head scarf isn’t allowed anymore. Why don’t you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it off your neck instead of your head.
In her defence, Teli told her followers:
“As a Muslim, I wear a headscarf as a practice of my faith. I want to share this to raise awareness about the reality and climate of our community. Spreading hate isn’t going to “make America great again.”
Thankfully, respondents quickly expressed their support for Teli.
“I’m sorry for the ignorant people in this world,” wrote one. “Know that as a person that is Christian it is never right to judge another person based on everything. May you bring more light to those who are ignorant about your faith and about your heart the creators sees our hearts. Our hearts and how we treat others is more important than religion. Bless you in your teaching career.”
“Awful, sorry to hear you had to endure this,” another person said. “Hopefully you’ll receive no further threats. People need to brush up on their constitution knowledge!”
Overcome with all the support, Teli responded:
“I am overwhelmed and deeply touched by all of the outcry and support that I have received in the past 24 hours. I can’t even begin to articulate how touched I am to be receiving messages from all over the country with your support. I want to sincerely thank you for your kind words and well wishes. I feel your support affirms that our country is built on morals of compassion and kindness.”
She also acknowledged the high school’s investigation into the incident:
“I want to also say that Dacula High School has been amazing in their response to this. They have voiced anger and have been tirelessly working to identify who sent this note. I have full confidence that they are taking the appropriate steps to handle this matter. To the Dacula Family: I want to assure you that our school and Gwinnett County Public Schools are doing everything they can to ensure the safety and well being of our students and staff.”
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