LOUISIANA: Middle School student arrested for setting a Muslim substitute teacher’s burqa on fire

An eighth-grade student in Baton Rouge was arrested and expelled after authorities said the 14-year-old lit a substitute teacher’s burqa on fire. 

WBRZ (h/t LaH) The News 2 Investigative Unit started looking into the incident at Westdale Middle School, which happened on Oct. 4, because parents said they weren’t notified about it.

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 According to the sheriff’s office, the School Drug Task Force was called to campus at 9:50 a.m. that day to investigate a student who lit his teacher’s clothing on fire. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System described the garment as a burqa, and the teacher told investigators she had just reprimanded the student for misbehaving when hit lit her on fire with a cigarette lighter.

The substitute was treated at Westdale and is fine, according to the sheriff’s office. The student was charged with aggravated assault on a school teacher and brought to juvenile detention.

News 2 asked a school system spokesperson why parents weren’t notified, which led to allegations the school was trying to cover up the incident. The school released a statement which read, “an investigation was conducted and appropriate disciplinary action was taken pursuant to the district’s policies and procedures.

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