A survey of Muslim students in California by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found that 56% of respondents felt unsafe, unwelcome, or uncomfortable at school because of their religious identity.
The survey of 708 students aged 11 to 18 also found that 26% reported being bullied over the past year, though an even higher percentage — 47% — reported incidents prior to the beginning of the pandemic and remote education.
It wasn’t just other students. Nearly one in four respondents reported that a teacher, administrator, or other adult at their school made offensive comments about Islam or Muslims.
Tazheen Nizam, Associate Executive Director for the San Diego chapter of CAIR, urged county school administrators and teachers to connect with her organization for help in combating Islamophobia in schools.
“Our teams can provide training, reading materials, and lesson plans that accurately portray Islam. Let us work towards a more inclusive way of learning and growth for our future leaders,” she said.