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A father is asking that his 14-year-old son’s teacher be fired after she called him a “rag-head Taliban.”

In a school board meeting for the Broward County Public Schools on Tuesday, Youssef Wardani requested that Maria Valdes, who he says used the derogatory term in French class on February 2, be fired or suspended for one year without pay.

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The school, however, is recommending a five-day suspension without pay and diversity training, Tracy Clark, Public Information Office for the school district, tells Yahoo Parenting.

Early last month, Wardani says he heard his son, Deyab-Houssein Wardani, ask his mother what the word Taliban mean. “I said, ‘why are you asking that?’ He said, ‘I need to know what it means because I looked it up online and that’s not me. My teacher called me the Taliban,’” Wardani tells Yahoo Parenting.

That week, Deyab-Houssein, who is in ninth grade and goes by DH, walked into French class wearing a hooded sweatshirt, according to Wardani. Valdes saw him and said “Uh oh, here comes the rag-head Taliban.” That week, Wardani says Valdes started calling DH by the new nickname, “Taliban.”

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Deyab-Houssein Wardani says his teachers called him “rag-head Taliban.” Photo by CBS Radio-Inc

When Wardani met with school officials, including Valdes, about the incident, he claims she didn’t deny she used that language. “She told me, ‘it was a joke, an innocent mistake. I have remorse,’” Wardani says. “It felt like she was reading from a teleprompter.”

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Wardani says he expected more from the school. “The irony of the thing is that she is in the World Department,” he says. “She’s supposed to have some global knowledge, one would assume.”

In a statement provided to Yahoo Parenting, Clark said: “Broward County Public Schools respects and values the diversity of our students, families and communities. This situation is being taken seriously; the District launched an immediate investigation into the matter and will be bringing forward, to the next School Board Meeting in March, a recommendation for disciplinary action regarding this situation.”

At the time of his meeting with Valdes, Wardani says he only wanted a sincere public apology. But he never got it, and in the month since, he’s posted a Facebook page entitled “Our son is NOT a ‘Rag Head Taliban’” to raise awareness about the issue. It has more than 700 likes.

continued on yahoo https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/muslim-dad-says-teacher-called-his-son-taliban-112702100382.html

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