Schoolgirl declares that man with scissors cut her hijab

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He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again.

Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred at about 9 am in or around the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto's east side, police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante told AFP. The second attack happened after Khawlah, her brother and a group of children went to cross the light at Bay Mills Blvd.

Khawlah Noman and her brother had only been walking for two minutes when she became aware a man was following them on their way to school Friday morning. Her and her brother chose to cross the road and walk with a bigger group of people.

Afterward, according to Sidhu, the girl noticed a 12-inch cut from the bottom up on the back of her headscarf. "I don't know why he did that, but it's just not Canada". "The community, the school, everyone's been so supportive", said Saima Samad. "I like to think she knows that well, and the outpouring of support that I know she's getting". It's just not Canada. His expressed his support for the young girl and said he hoped she understood that "this is not what Canada is, and that is not what Canadians are..." It's not right and he should get help.

"This does not represent who we are", the premier added in a statement posted to Twitter. "You should not act like this and especially (since) I'm a kid".

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

Her brother told reporters that he was frightened, and anxious his sister would be hurt. She arrived at her school after the attack, and police were called.

"The weather isn't the best so it's going to take time to locate video footage and review that video footage", said Toronto police spokesperson Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu.

"The girl was courageous enough to confront the man, make some noise and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", she said.

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A Canadian 11-year-old has told police a man cut her hijab with scissors while she was on her way to school, as the country continues to tackle growing anti-Muslim sentiment. "For something to happen to one of our kids here, it's all the more piercing in the heart".

The school has brought in social workers for the children to speak with, if they wish to do so.

The suspect was described as an Asian man in his 20s with black hair, a mustache wearing glasses. He has a medium build, is between five-foot-eight and six-feet tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black trousers.

Mayor John Tory said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident.

Anyone with information about the investigation should contact 42 Division at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

"This is a cowardly act of hatred".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about the incident.

There has been no word on if the girl was injured during the attacks.

"It's just not Canada", she said.