Girl attacked twice in 10 minutes by "hijab scissor" assailant

Authorities are investigating the incident which occurred at about 9 am in or around the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto’s east side

Authorities are investigating the incident which occurred at about 9 am in or around the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto’s east side

An 11-year-old Muslim Canadian school girl has expressed horror after her hijab was repeatedly cut by a male assailant while she was walking to school with her younger brother.

Toronto police are treating the incident as a hate crime but have yet to make any arrests.

The grade six student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School recounted how she screamed, causing him to run off. 'The man just ran away.

"He tried cutting (off) my hijab two times", she said. After the attack, she crossed to the other side of the road and joined a group of children, she said.

"I feel confused, scared and terrified".

Bird said the school board is offering support to the affected student and her family.

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"What you're doing is very wrong, you should stop doing this".

Afterward, according to Sidhu, the girl noticed a 12-inch cut from the bottom up on the back of her hijab.

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the attacker described as Asian, of medium build, with a thin moustache and black prescription glasses.

"My heart goes out to the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion", he said during a speech in London, Ontario.

Sharing his frightful experience, her younger brother said, "I saw my sister, she was frightened". I didn't feel comfortable about what was going on, ' she said. In an interview to media men, she gave the details of the incident.

"This girl was courageous enough to confront the man, look at the man and make a noise, which is very good for her to realize this is wrong".

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Toronto District School Board spokesman Ryan Bird says staff contacted police and the girl's parents shortly after she arrived at school. "I and my sister were so frightened that we didn't know what to do".

The incident caught the attention of politicians at all levels of government.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack, along with other Canadian politicians. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said. "I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is and that is not who Canadians are".

"It does not represent who we are [as Canadians]", Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a Twitter message in response to the attack.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says he is "shocked and appalled" to hear about the assault.

Toronto police are investigating after a girl was attacked by a man wielding scissors in Scarborough Friday.

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