A 13-year-old Muslim girl from Virginia claimed a man approached her on the street after noticing that she was wearing a hijab, called her a “terrorist” and, while threatening her at knife-point, snatched off her Islamic headscarf.
But before you clutch your pearls and deem America a country filled with Islamophobic bigots, here’s what police are saying actually happened: the girl made the whole thing up.
Authorities have charged the teen for filing a false police report about the apparently fanaticized incident, investigators announced Tuesday.
I'm trying to not get cynical about what is a totally devastating tragedy but the maleness, the youthfulness and the whiteness of the victims are, of course, playing a significant role.
— Nora Loreto (@NoLore) April 9, 2018