Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemns a hate crime after a child’s hijab was cut with a pair of scissors during his closing comments after attending the Liberal cabinet retreat in London, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemns a hate crime after a child’s hijab was cut with a pair of scissors during his closing comments after attending the Liberal cabinet retreat in London, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Toronto police investigating report of man cutting 11 year old girls hijab

Mother calling on police to treat incident as a hate crime

  • Jan. 12, 2018 2:11 p.m.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — An 11-year-old Toronto girl says she was walking to school this morning when a scissors-wielding man cut parts of her hijab.

The Grade 6 student says she was with her younger brother when she felt someone behind her.

She says a man pulled off the hood of her jacket and started cutting the back of her hijab.

The girl says she then turned around, screamed and the man ran away.

She says the man returned a short time later and continued to cut her hijab from behind before he smiled and ran away.

The girl says by the time she got to school at about 9 a.m., her hijab had cuts in it as long as 30 centimetres.

Her mother told reporters she is angry someone would target a child, calling on police to treat the incident as a hate crime.

Police say they are looking for a suspect in his 20s.