Family: Boy Unfairly Punished, Forced To Watch Kids Eat While Fasting For Ramadan

Marla Diamond
November 14, 2019 - 12:43 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Parents of a fourth grader say their son was unfairly punished at school and forced to watch other students eat while he was fasting for a religious holiday.

Mother Zaman Mashrah tells CBS2 that a teacher at P.S. 264 in Bay Ridge made him sit in the cafeteria and watch other children eat last May, while he was fasting for Ramadan.

“She claimed that my son was laughing or mocking her in some way, which he wasn’t,” she said.

According to Mashrah, Muslim students would typically spend their lunch break in a separate room during periods of fasting. However, she says the teacher told the boy she would be putting him in the cafeteria as a punishment.

The mother says she still is upset when she things about it.

“Just imagining my son sitting in that cafeteria alone, scared, helpless,” she said.

The parents immediately reported the incident to the principal, who alerted the Department of Education. Though, six months later, nothing has been done and no one has been held accountable.

Now, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a civil rights complaint against the DOE, calling the incident “faith-based administrative bullying.”

The DOE issued a statement saying, “We take every allegation of discrimination seriously and we will review the complaint."