There has been a surge in anti-Muslim sentiments in the U.S., with children being targeted in their schools. Authorities, however, have not taken any concrete action.
Mic interviewed four school-going Muslim kids, based in New York, to ask about their experience in the classroom.
Despite their lack of awareness of the political situation, the participants, including 11-year-old Moheeb, 8-year-old Shahrazad, 10-year-old Enan and 11-year-old Saif, are targeted by constant bullying by their classmates and lack of response from school’s administration.
The Muslim children do not know anything about the U.S. President Donald Trump, except that he wants to ban Muslims.
"I have family in Yemen,” Shahrazad said. "[They] can't come if Donald Trump makes another ban. When I pray, I ask God to help America and Yemen.”
Moheeb said two of his classmates have called him a "terrorist”. He compained to his principals and they did not take any action.
"I feel mad, because I don't think [students and teachers] understand how I feel,” Moheeb said. "I sometimes ignore [the bullying]. If I cry about it, they'll do [it] more.”
This comes as 42 percent of Muslim families have reported anti-Muslim bullying, according to a study by Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, with one in every four coming from teachers or other school officials.