Prosecutor: Teacher won’t face charges for allegedly removing student’s hijab during class
A Maplewood teacher will not be facing any charges for allegedly removing a Muslim student’s hijab during class.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says that there is not enough evidence to move forward with the case.
Zaynab Wyatt claims that Seth Boyden Elementary School teacher Tamar Herman forcibly took off her daughter’s hijab, exposing her hair. But Herman claims that she mistook the hijab for a hoodie.
“While we understand that many may find the incident troubling, as prosecutors we have a legal and moral obligation to only bring charges in cases where we believe we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has been committed,” a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office took over the investigation to see if a biased crime had been committed.