A Texas high school teacher has been placed on leave and is under investigation for allegedly making an insensitive comment to a Muslim student about the death of Usama bin Laden.
The incident occurred at Clear Brook High School when the teacher reportedly told the Muslim girl, "I bet that you're grieving."
A spokesperson for the school district declined to name the student or the teacher, but did confirm exactly what was said.
"The statements allegedly made by this teacher are not shared by the staff at Clear Brook High School or anyone within the Clear Creek Independent School District," read a statement to Fox News Radio from Elaina Polsen, the public information director for the Clear Creek Independent School District. "In accordance with CCISD policy, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel investigation."
The student's mother, who asked not to be identified, told a Houston television station KTRK that the comments made her daughter cry.
"The teacher told the student that 'I bet you're grieving.' And she basically looked at him and said what are you talking about?" she told KTRK. "And he said I heard about your uncle's death and she said wow, because she understood that he was referring about Osama bin Laden being killed and was racially profiling her."
The school district said the principal was in contact with the child's parents. "The student did the right thing and immediately notified an adult regarding the teacher's comments," Polsen wrote in the statement.
Aziz Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, told Fox News Radio he was pleased with the school district's handling of the incident.
"I would call it an isolated incident," Siddiqi said. "There are a lot of ignorant people in the world."
This is one of those (individuals) who may have bias against some people," he added, suggesting that the teacher should not lose his job over the statements.
The school district stressed that it believes "diversity strengthens our community and seeks opportunities to celebrate the different cultures within our schools and neighborhoods.