While bullying is on the rise in American schools, the
reasons why Muslim children are being bullied vary: the American mainstream’s limited
knowledge, pervasive misperceptions, and negative stereotypes about Muslims.
Little is known about Islam and Muslims, and little is being done to redress
this situation. Recent data gathered on this student population indicates that
continued inaction might engender a divided society related to school-based
ostracism. This brief recommends a series of actions that, if implemented at
the individual, school, community, and legislative levels, will help improve
the situation and lead to a greater acceptance of Muslim children and youth.
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