Girl, 11, says hijab cut with scissors on way to Toronto school

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Toronto police said the girl was on her way to Pauline Johnson Junior Public School at 35 Dunmurray Blvd., near Warden Avenue and Huntingwood Drive, when a man with scissors assaulted her and cut off her hijab shortly before 9 a.m. January 12.

Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred at about 9 am in or around the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto's east side, police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante told AFP.

Khawlah said she's now "actually really scared" to walk to school.

At that moment, less than 10 minutes after the first assault, the same man suddenly returned. He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again.

Toronto police say it's too early to determine if the motivation behind the alleged attack is a hate crime but that officers are canvassing the neighbourhood for footage from surveillance cameras and people who may have witnessed the confrontation.

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the attacker described as Asian, of medium build, with a thin moustache and black prescription glasses.

The Toronto Disctrict School Board says school administrators contacted police and the girl's family as soon as they learned of the attack.

"I don't know why he did that, it's just not Canada".

"I screamed", Noman said. "I'm just so happy she's safe.It's just not Canada". We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can.

"In the meantime, we are offering supports to the impacted student and her family", Bird added.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab was allegedly cut with a pair of scissors.

The man is said to be in his mid-20s, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black trousers.

"The girl was fearless enough to confront the man, make some noise and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", she said. "I'm so proud to be a Canadian".

She and her brother joined a group of other students also walking to school, for safety, but the siblings became separated from the group and from each other at an intersection crossing.

"This is a cowardly act of hatred. Intolerance and hate of any kind, including Islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province or our country".