Tamar Herman Wiki – Tamar Herman Biography
Tamar Herman is a teacher at Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood, New Jersey, who was accused on social media of forcibly removing a 7-year-old girl’s hijab in front of her class. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad identified the teacher in an Instagram post. The school district has not confirmed the identity of the teacher.
Cassandra Wyatt, the mother of 2nd grader Sumayyah Wyatt, told ABC 7 New York that she no longer wants to wear her headscarf to school.
Her age is unclear.
Teacher Remove Student’s Hijab
An attorney for the Wyatt family told ABC 7 New York that the girl wears her hijab to school every day but said that the teacher forcibly removed it on October 6, 2021.
“Ultimately, the teacher succeeds in pulling the hijab off her head, followed by a bizarre statement which is, ‘Your hair is beautiful,'” the attorney told the news station. “It is incredibly disturbing. It is very, very, symbolic of disregard of her religion and certainly something that has affected my clients overall.”
Cassandra Wyatt told the news outlet that she wanted the teacher to face the consequences.
“She had to know that was a hijab,” she told ABC 7. “She has to pay for that. I’d love for her to apologize to my daughter, and then my daughter would feel better.”
Organizations and members of the public are calling for the teacher to be fired. The New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote on Twitter to “call for the immediate firing” of the teacher.
The School District of South Orange & Maplewood issued a statement Friday, October 8, 2021, saying they are investigating the allegations and following their existing policy.
“We remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our schools including providing anti-bias and anti-racism training for all educators in the district on a regular basis,” the statement said in part. “We put the words into action as exemplified by our adoption of an intentional integration plan, creation of an Assistant Superintendent position focused on Access & Equity and engagement with outside equity experts.”
Cassandra Wyatt Statement
Wyatt told WABC-TV that the alleged incident had prompted difficult conversations with her 2nd-grade daughter. Sumayyah Wyatt told her mother she no longer wanted to wear her head covering, Cassandra Wyatt told the news outlet.
“I have to go introduce her to a different world that I’ve been trying to protect her from,” Wyatt told the news station.
Wyatt said in the interview she had taught her daughter that her head covering is her protection.
“Now she’s asked me, ‘Well, if this is my protection, my teacher took this off of my head.’ So how can you explain to your child?” she said.
Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Statement
Muhammad posted about the allegations on Instagram on October 7, 2021, naming the teacher as Tamar Herman and describing the teacher’s alleged actions as abuse.
Yesterday, Tamar Herman, a teacher at Seth Boyden Elementary in Maplewood, NJ forcibly removed the hijab of a second grade student. The young student resisted, by trying to hold onto her hijab, but the teacher pulled the hijab off, exposing her hair to the class. Herman told the student that her hair was beautiful and she did not have to wear hijab to school anymore. Imagine being a child and stripped of your clothing in front of your classmates. Imagine the humiliation and trauma this experience has caused her. This is abuse. Schools should be a haven for all of our kids to feel safe, welcome and protected— no matter their faith. We cannot move toward a post-racial America until we weed out the racism and bigotry that still exist in all layers of our society. By protecting Muslim girls who wear hijab, we are protecting the rights of all of us to have a choice in the way we dress.