Students suspended after fight East Brunswick superintendent calls a hate crime

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EAST BRUNSWICK -

Additional charges could be filed following a fight between a couple of students this week at East Brunswick High School that led to suspensions.

The superintendent is calling what happened a hate crime.

It started when the students got into a fight over a chair.

During the fight, one tried to pull off the other’s hijab, officials say.

The student accused of trying to pull off the hijab is facing assault, harassment and other charges.

East Brunswick Schools Superintendent Dr. Victor Valeski says, “The fight was determined to be a bias incident and was immediately reported to the East Brunswick police.”

He continued, “The district does not tolerate any incidents of bias, discrimination harassment, intimidation or bullying and takes swift action if such an event occurs.”

A student told News 12, “People are mad at the school for suspending her cause they feel that she didn’t deserve it, cause it’s going to be on her record and she wouldn’t be able to walk at graduation.”

There’s a petition against the school’s no tolerance policy that now has 4,000 signatures from people that are just upset that that student may not be able to walk at graduation.

The attorney general’s office is investigating the incident.

They have not released the names of the students involved because they are juveniles.

 

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