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Teacher placed on leave after allegedly removing student's hijab at Va. school

FILE - Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va. (WJLA)

BURKE, Va. (WJLA) - A teacher was placed on leave Thursday after allegedly removing a student's hijab at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke.

Fairfax County Public Schools did not release the identity of the student and teacher but provided a statement Thursday regarding the incident:

The teacher's action was inappropriate and unacceptable. The school administration has apologized to the student and her family for the incident. FCPS takes this incident seriously and, while a thorough investigation of the incident is conducted, the teacher has been placed on leave.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, also released a statement Thursday calling for additional disciplinary action against the teacher.

We welcome the decision to place the teacher on leave and to apologize to the student and her family, but further disciplinary action needs to be taken based on the results of the investigation into this disturbing incident," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. No student should be bullied or attacked because of his or her faith. Teachers must protect students, not subject them to harassment or intimidation.

The student sent out a series of tweets about the incident on Nov. 15, saying, in part, "So my hijab was ripped off my head today by a teacher I appreciated and valued."

This story will be updated.

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