Maher Suleiman says that a substitute teacher called the police on his 6-year-old son, who has Down Syndrome, at C. J. Harris Elementary School in Pearland, Texas.
Maher told KRIV that the substitute teacher claimed his son, Mohammad, said the words “Allah” and “boom.”
However, Maher said his disabled son cannot speak:
It’s not true, he doesn’t speak at all. She claimed he was a terrorist. This is so stupid, it’s discrimination. Actually, it’s not implied discrimination, it’s actual discrimination.
The substitute teacher’s allegations prompted an investigation by police and Child Protective Services.
Maher described what he and his family have been through because of the allegations:
The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life. My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine.
The Pearland Police Department said their investigation found no need for police involvement, but Child Protective Services is still investigating.
The Pearland Independent School District refused to comment by citing privacy laws, which only apply to a student’s academic records, not the behavior of teachers.