Troubling news came out of Dacula High School after a Muslim teacher reportedly discovered a racially charged and threatening letter addressed to her in her classroom on Friday.
Perhaps one of the greatest fears that citizens have had regarding this year’s bizarre election season was that the controversial speech shared and encouraged by President-elect Donald Trump would cause hate crimes to see a surge across the country.
While it seems like some of Trump’s policies actually might not reflect his hateful speech, many would argue that the damage has already been done.
From a black church being burned to the ground to a group of high school students chanting racial slurs, it seems like hatred has gotten the boost it needed to truly steal both the election and the nation’s attention.
Georgia is no exception to the rule.
Mairah Teli took to Facebook to share her disheartening discovery of a hateful note left to her that encouraged her to take her own life.
The note was addressed to her and made it clear that its author not only didn’t want Muslims in the country but the author also believed they were speaking on the behalf of an entire nation that is hoping to use hated in order to “make America great again.”
“Mrs. Teli your headscarf isn’t allowed anymore,” the letter reads. “Why don’t you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it on your neck instead of your head….signed ‘America.’ “
Gwinnett County pulic school officials are currently looking into the matter and told FOX 5, “A threat against a staff member is a serious matter and we are investigating the incident. The school is doing all it can to identify the person who wrote and left this note.”
The silver lining, however, is that since Teli shared her experience on Facebook she has received an overwhelmingly positive response on social media. Users who saw the story defended the teacher and some even apologized on the author’s behalf and insisted that America will not be a country that stands up for racism.
At this point, we can all only hope that that statement is true.