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Letters of Support Pour In for Threatened Muslim Student From Framingham, Mass.

More than 500 letters of support were sent for a 10-year-old Framingham, Massachusetts Muslim student who received threatening letters in her class



    Framingham School, Town Officials Address Hateful Messages

    School and town officials in Framingham, Massachusetts hosted a press conference Wednesday to address the two disturbing notes that threatened a 10-year-old Muslim student.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018)

    A Muslim girl in Massachusetts has received hundreds of letters of support after receiving threatening notes at her elementary school.

    The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that as of Thursday, it had received more than 500 notes from across the country for the 10-year-old.

    The girl, whose name officials haven't released, is in fifth grade at Hemenway Elementary School in Framingham, about 25 miles west of Boston.

    School officials say she received threatening notes in her classroom storage bin on two occasions this month. One note said, "You are a terrorist." The other read, "I will kill you."

    Framingham Superintendent Addresses Hate Notes

    [NECN] Framingham Superintendent Addresses Hate Notes

    Framingham public schools Superintendent Robert Tremblay addresses the threatening messages sent to a 10-year-old Muslim student at Hemenway Elementary School.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018)

    Sumaiya Zama, the Massachusetts chapter's director of community advocacy, said she's "incredibly heartened" by the outpouring of support, particularly the "powerful messages" people from different faiths shared.

    "Despite the climate of animosity and fear that so many Muslims face today, it's clear that we have allies," she said in a statement.

    School officials, who had condemned the threats at the time and called for the culprit to step forward, didn't comment Thursday. Framingham police said the case is still active.

    The girl's uncle, Jamaal Siddiqui, said at a news conference after the notes were discovered that the experience frightened his niece.

    "She's scared," he said at the time. "She has all the right to be scared."

    The council encouraged people to send letters to the girl to "counteract the hateful message."

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    Since then, letters have poured in from more than 20 states, including Hawaii, the council said.

    A sampling of the notes provided by the council shows handwritten messages with colorful illustrations and cheerful designs.

    A note from a 6-year-old named Sophie shows an illustration of two people of different races holding hands and smiling. It reads: "Dear friend, people of all religions should be friends."

    Another message, from Mary B. in Springfield, Massachusetts, is written on multicolored paper with hearts all around it: "You are loved. You belong."

    And the Cade family wrote in a note that included a drawing of a tree, flowers and vegetables: "A Jewish family from Maryland is sending you love and support. You are wonderful!"

    The council said it plans to deliver the messages to the girl's family next week.

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    School districts in Massachusetts have been grappling with a rash of bigoted acts this year.

    In the Boston suburb of Reading, officials have reported more than two dozen cases of swastikas and other hateful graffiti targeting minorities since May.

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