11-year-old Muslim girl 'terrified' after man cuts her hijab

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"All that he did was smile".

She said: 'It's just not Canada.

Toronto Police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante told The Canadian Press that officers aren't treating the incident as a hate crime, but are not ruling it out.

Toronto police commended Khawlah for the way she had handled the incident.

She says the girl then crossed the street and, about 10 minutes later, she noticed the man cutting at her hijab again. "I felt confused, scared, terrified", Noman, who is in Grade 6, told reporters at her school Friday.

Noman's mother Saima Samad also talked to reporters at the school. "I don't know why he did that".

"It's just not Canada". It's not right and he should get help.

"This is not who we are", she wrote on Twitter". "You should not act like this".

In early December 2016, a female Muslim Baruch College student claimed several men shouting "Donald Trump!" attempted to tear off her hijab on a New York City subway train; she later admitted to making it up. "I'm so glad that she's safe and I'm safe", he said. "Young kids coming to school shouldn't have to face this". Police were called to the scene by 9:15 a.m.

She added that the incident was not being investigated as a hate crime at the moment, but it will be considered by investigators.

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"The man has fled", Const. David Hopkinson said.

"A day of action will express our recommitment to fight Islamaphobia, and become a rallying call", he said.

The man approached the child from behind Friday morning as she made her way to school with her younger brother.

Bird said the school board is offering support to the affected student and her family.

"Everyone in our province has the right to worship and dress however they choose", she said.

Police described the assailant as an Asian male wearing a black hoodie and glasses. He was said to be about 20, almost six feet tall and with a medium build.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black trousers, brown gloves, and had prescription glasses with black frames on his face, police said. Anyone who can help with further information should Toronto Police or Crime Stoppers.

"This is a cowardly act of hatred". There has been a surge in Islamophobic attacks in the country and mosques have been targeted.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his heart goes out to the girl. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said. I am so proud to be a Canadian, and I want to give (the attacker) the same message'.

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