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In schools, on streets and TV, children feel Muslim backlash

7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, December 14 2015 Dec 14, 2015 December 14, 2015 10:28 AM December 14, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Sisak

The backlash against American Muslims is leaving a mark on some of the nation's youngest minds.

Muslim parents say their children hear disparaging remarks in their own communities, see hateful bumper stickers and T-shirts, and have had friends abandon them because of their faith.

After seeing presidential candidate Trump on television, 8-year-old Sofia Yassini checked the locks on her family's suburban Dallas home out of fear the Army would come and take them away.

Twelve-year-old Ahed Khan's father says his son came home from school in Maryland in tears because his best friend called him a future terrorist who couldn't be trusted.

After a mother and her son in Dallas were subjected to anti-Muslim remarks outside school, the son urged her mother to switch to a black-and-white hijab so she would look more like a nun.

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