Police are investigating an assault at a Toronto public school.
According to police, a man assaulted a girl with scissors on Friday morning, and cut off her hijab. The assault took place at Pauline Johnson Public School, which is located at 35 Dunmurray Blvd in Scarborough.
Pauline Johnson Public School
-Girl assaulted by man with scissors
-Reports he cut her hijab off
-Man has fled scene
-Unknown if there are injuries#GO70367
— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) January 12, 2018
The suspect fled the scene. At this time there are no known reports of injuries.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said he is “shocked and appalled” to learn about the assault.
“I am shocked and appalled to learn a student wearing a hijab was assaulted on the way to school this morning in Scarborough,” said Tory in a statement. “No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing or for any other reason.”
Tory asked that anyone with information to contact Toronto police or Crime Stoppers.
“I join with all Toronto residents in standing up to such an act of hatred,” he said. “Intolerance and hate of any kind, including islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province, or our country.”