Teacher Who Pulled Scarf from Student�s Head Reinstated

November 12, 2004

Source: The Times-Picayune


On November 12, 2004 The Times-Picayune reported, "a suspended Jefferson Parish public school teacher accused of using religious slurs and yanking the head scarf off a Muslim student will be allowed to return to the classroom next school year after an unpaid suspension and sensitivity training, the School Board decided Thursday. Rejecting Superintendent Diane Roussel's recommendation to fire former West Jefferson High School teacher Wes Mix, the board backed a detailed agreement hammered out by attorneys for Mix and the school system. An attorney for student Maryam Motar blasted the outcome as an insult to the Muslim community. Under the agreement, Mix must apologize to Motar and will be suspended without pay until Jan. 19, the first day of the second semester. He then will take a medical sabbatical during which time he must undergo at least 30 hours of training on sensitivity, diversity and classroom management."