Pearland, TX – A six-year-old Muslim boy with Downs Syndrome has been labeled as a “terrorist” by his substitute teacher, according to the child’s bewildered father.
Maher Suleiman said his son, Mohammed Suleiman, has the mental capacity of a one-year-old and is unable to speak due to his intellectual difficulties.
“Mohammad was born with Down Syndrome chromosome 21,” Maher told KRIV. “He needs care all the time.”
Mohammad began working with an unnamed substitute teacher after his regular teacher left C.J. Harris Elementary School, his father said.
Maher said the new teacher called police on the young boy, and claimed he kept repeating the words “Allah and “boom” in the classroom.
“I went to the principal and she told me he makes full sentences. He speaks,” Maher told KRIV.
Maher said that assertion is completely false.
“It’s not true!” he told KRIV in disbelief. “He doesn’t speak at all!”
Mohammad’s teacher even went so far as to tell authorities the boy was a “terrorist,” Maher said.
“This is so stupid! This is discrimination, actually,” Maher told KRIV. “Not implied discrimination, it’s 100 percent discrimination.”
The teacher’s allegations resulted in a law enforcement investigation, and Child Protective Services have also become involved with the Suleiman family.
Maher said the last three to four weeks have been “the hardest of my life.”
According to KRIV, the Pearland Police Department said they investigated the allegations against Mohammad and found no need to be further involved with the child or his family.
A spokesperson from the Pearland Independent School District would not release any information due to privacy laws, KRIV reported.
“In my opinion, based on everything I heard from the police department and speaking with the administration from the school, that this was a story piecemealed together by a substitute teacher alleging this child was sexually harassing her, the teacher, and possibly being a terrorist,” activist-for-hire Quanell X told KRIV. “A 6-year-old kid.”
Quanell X, is leader of the Houston chapter of the New Black Panther Party, which has been designated a hate group by the SPLC.
The Child Protective Services investigation is ongoing, KRIV reported.