Schoolgirl's hijab cut in 'cowardly act of hatred'

Schoolgirl's hijab cut in 'cowardly act of hatred'

She is a student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School.

Speaking at a news conference Friday, the victim, 11-year-old Khawlah Noman, says the man smiled at her when he cut her hijab. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said. She screamed, crossed the street and followed the crowd to be safe. He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again. Police describe the attacker as Asian, in his 20s, with medium build, a moustache and glasses. Terrified, she turned to face him - a young Asian male, roughly 5-foot-8 to six feet tall, wearing black trousers, a black hoodie and brown gloves.

The man fled the scene after the frightening incident.

At that moment, less than 10 minutes after the first assault, the same man suddenly returned. Khawlah said she noticed the scissors the suspect was carrying had a blue handle.

"It's startling, it's disturbing, it's nerve wracking", Sidhu told reporters on Friday.

"I certainly hope that the Toronto Police Services are able to track down the person who committed this violent act and my thoughts and prayers are with the family", Scheer said.

When asked what she would say to the suspect, Noman added: "What you're doing is way wrong". You should not act like this, especially cause I'm a kid.

"I feel confused, scared and terrified".

Noman's mom, who also spoke to media at the school Friday afternoon, teared up as she recounted seeing her daughter's damaged headscarf. "Young kids coming to school shouldn't have to face this". "I want her and her family and her friends and community that that is not what Canada is and that is not who Canadians are". "I don't know why he did that, but it's just not Canada". "This does not represent who we are".

Khawlah said she's now "actually really scared" to walk to school.

"He tried cutting (off) my hijab two times", she said.

"Everyone in our province has the right to worship and dress however they choose", she said. "We don't know his intentions". I'm frustrated and I'm angry, but I do believe in peace in Canada. "I want to give him the message - 'We're all in this together and we should live in harmony.' It's a multicultural country".

"A student at Pauline Johnson Public School was assaulted by an unknown male while on her way to school this morning", spokesman Ryan Bird said.

Hate crimes targeting Muslims doubled between 2012 and 2014 across Canada, and in January previous year six Muslim men were killed in an attack on a Quebec City mosque.

"We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can, " he said.

"In the meantime, we're offering supports to the impacted student and her family", said Bird.

The school serves almost 300 kindergarten to grade six students "of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds", according to the local school board.