By Umar Farooq
Criminal charges are pending after a Muslim teen refugee was so severely beaten by another high school student she required treatment at a hospital for a concussion.
Video of the assault last week went viral on Facebook and showed the hijab-wearing teen come out of the bathroom stall at Chartiers Valley High School. The school is located just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Muslim was confronted by another girl in a purple shirt who had been trying to use
The altercation turned violent when the attacker pushed the Syrian refugee. After trying to fight back, she is pushed to the ground by the other girl and beaten.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, demanded Monday federal authorities investigate the matter as a hate crime. The group is helping the victim's family with legal support.
Her family fled Syria and spent two years in a refugee camp before being granted entry to the United States.
"They were fleeing anarchy, violence, and the complete breakdown of the social system,
Police are investigating the incident but a law enforcement official said the incident does not appear to be religiously or racially motivated.
The group recorded a 17 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents nationwide in 2017 compared to 2016. Additionally, it reported a 15 percent increase in hate crimes targeting American Muslims, including children, youth and families, during the same period.