Islamic School, Home Vandalized in New Orleans

March 7, 2006

Source: The Times-Picayune

On March 7, 2006 The Times-Picayune reported, "Kenner police are investigating a pair of incidents of vandalism during the weekend that apparently targeted an Islamic school and the nearby home of a Pakistani man... At the Islamic School of Greater New Orleans on Maine Avenue, curse words were spray-painted on the wall and chewing gum was jammed into the front door's lock, said Capt. James Gallagher, Kenner police spokesman.

The foul language did not seem to target any specific individual or group, Gallagher said.

At the home of Ali Mohammad, vandals threw eggs and condiments on his front door and car, Gallagher said. Both incidents occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Mohammad said bacon was also thrown on his car... Mohammad, who has lived in the United States for 16 years, said he had not reported several other incidents of vandalism that occurred a few months ago after he returned from Houston, where he evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina. But he reported an incident on Jan. 15 when eggs were thrown against his house and fireworks were lit on his front porch, Gallagher said.

School officials had reported two egging incidents in August before the storm, Gallagher said."