7-Yr-Old Pakistani Boy Beaten in US School Bus for ‘Being Muslim’

The incident has forced the boy’s family to move back to Pakistan fearing “Donald Trump’s America”.

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Photo of 7-year-old Abdul Usmani in a hand sling, posted  by his father. (Photo: Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani/<a href=";set=pb.37402526.-2207520000.1476371692.&amp;type=3&amp;theater">Facebook</a>)

A seven-year-old Pakistani-origin boy was allegedly beaten up by five classmates on a school bus in the US for being a Muslim, an incident that has forced his family to move back to Pakistan fearing "Donald Trump's America".

The parents of Abdul Usmani have alleged that he was bullied and beaten by five students on the bus while returning home from his school in North Carolina, as they made references to Muslims and the boy's Pakistani heritage.

Usmani told BuzzFeed News that he, his wife and their three sons have left the US for Pakistan after this latest incident in a long history of discrimination towards his children and family.

These are six and seven-year-old kids calling him names, with one kid punching him in the face, while two other kids attacked him, kicked him, and held his arms back.
Zeeshan Usmani

Abdul, his father said, is traumatised by the attack and has a sprained arm.

Lisa Luten, a spokesperson for the Wake County Public School System, was quoted as saying that the principal of the school immediately began investigating the alleged incident after the family told them about it.

(The principal) interviewed seven students sitting near this child, and none of the students, nor the bus driver, witnessed any type of altercation or incident.
Lisa Luten

Usmani, 38, first came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan and currently works as a Chief Technology Officer of a Silicon Valley data software company.

He said his family was harassed by a neighbour for months because of their religion, and that his other son has been called a terrorist.

Times are changing and it’s not the America we always thought of and believed in. It’s not the America that I studied in. If Trump wins, America will be great again, but a great that nobody will care about.

Usmani said the irony of the alleged discrimination is he has been working to combat the effects of terrorism and has worked with the UN's Special Envoy for Global Education on a safe school initiative in Pakistan.

He said his family will stay in Pakistan until after the election to see if Trump is elected to determine if his family feels safe enough to return.

(With inputs from PTI)

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