Man Accused of Slapping Teen Relative for Not Wearing Muslim Headscarf Is Not …

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Man Accused of Slapping Teen Relative for Not Wearing Muslim Headscarf Is Not a University of Missouri Professor.

COLUMBIA, Missouri — A University of Missouri graduate teaching assistant is accused of grabbing a teenage family member by the hair and pulling her out of school because she wasn’t wearing a traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women. Omar is not employed at Mizzou,” the school’s official Twitter account noted. “He was formerly a graduate student with an assistantship.” The tweet added that Omar’s job ended in July.

Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer says officers were called to a local school Tuesday after Omar became irate when he noticed a 14-year-old family member not wearing a hijab. He then grabbed her “very violently by the hair,” pulled her down a flight of stairs, allegedly slapped her face and pulled her into his car by her hair, police said. A Benghazi native, he is also an editor of the school’s student culture journal, Artifacts. “It is very hard for some people to be away from their own culture because they find themselves confined to the deep-rooted beliefs and customs they acquired and learned from the communities in which they were born and raised,” he wrote.

Despite Mizzou’s statements, a LinkedIn page for a Youssif Omar notes he’s an assistant professor at Mizzou as well as the manager of Artifacts Journal at the school’s bookstore. On the Facebook page is a photo of a Mizzou class which includes Omar, along with his comment: “Last day of class Thursday, May 7, 2015 with my students from left to right: Nadav, Luke, Ian, Jeniez, Kayel, Estafania, Sadiga, Jack, Bilal, Taylor, Eizabila, and Kate.

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