The father of 6-year-old Maher Suleiman Mohammad, a Muslim boy with Down syndrome, has come forward with a wild story: his son’s substitute teacher called the cops on the 6-year-old boy because she thought that he was a terrorist.
As FOX News 26 reports, Maher’s father, Mohammad Suleiman, says the young boy’s disabilities mean he cannot speak at all and he needs constant special attention. However, the substitute teacher at his Pearland, Texas school thought she heard him say the words “Allah” and “boom” and called the police, claiming that young boy was a terrorist. That phone call prompted both a police investigation as well as an investigation by Child Protective Services.
“She claimed he was a terrorist,” said Maher. “This is so stupid, this is discrimination, actually, It’s not implied discrimination, it’s 100 percent discrimination. ... The last three weeks, four weeks have been the hardest of my life. Even my wife, kids were crying...a few days ago and I told them, 'Okay, everything is fine.'”
The Pearland Police Department has confirmed to FOX 26 News that they concluded their investigation and found no need for police involvement. The Child Protective Services investigation remains open, while a spokesperson for the Pearland Independent School District did not release the name of the substitute teacher due to privacy laws.
“In my opinion, based on everything I heard from the police department and speaking with the administration from the school, that this was a story piecemealed together by a substitute teacher alleging this child was sexually harassing her, the teacher, and possibly being a terrorist,” said local community activist Quanell X. “A 6-year-old kid.”