Haines City police: no criminal charges in head scarf 'bullying' - WFLA News Channel 8

Haines City police: no criminal charges in head scarf 'bullying' case

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Zahrah Habibulla, 14, chose to start wearing the hijab to school Zahrah Habibulla, 14, chose to start wearing the hijab to school
POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Haines City police say there is no evidence of a criminal act after their investigation into the alleged bullying of a Muslim girl at Ridge Community High School.

Zahrah Habibulla, 14, chose to start wearing the hijab, or Muslim head scarf, to Ridge Community High School in December. She claimed she endured verbal and physical assaults, as well as bullying.

Police reports make reference to allegations of students trying to trip Zahrah, and wrapping clothing around their heads and saying "I'm an Arab".

The Haines City Police Department investigated the claims, and released the result of their investigation on Monday night, which said in part: "After a thorough investigative review of all facts surrounding this incident there is no evidence of any criminal act having occurred."

Investigators advised Zahrah's parents of the outcome of the case. Documents show Zahrah's mother, Bibi Habbulla, said that she still wanted their "legal counsel" to be in contact with the attorney from the Polk County School Board.

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