School officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia, are working to confirm who wrote a note last week telling a teacher who is Muslim to “hang herself” with her head scarf, television station WGCL in Atlanta reported.
The note, left on Dacula High School teacher Mairah Teli’s desk on Friday, said that her head scarf “isn’t allowed anymore.”
“Why don’t you tie it around your neck & hang yourself with it…,” the note — which Teli posted to her Facebook page — said.
The author signed it, “America!”
Since sharing the note on the social networking site, Teli says she’s received an outcry of support from her community and nationwide.
“I want to sincerely thank you for your kind words and well wishes. I feel your support affirms that our country is built on morals of compassion and kindness,” Teli said in a Facebook post. “I want to assure you that our school and Gwinnett County Public Schools are doing everything they can to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.”
The school’s principal, Bryan Long, also supported Teli in a letter to students and parents, writing, “Let’s rally around Ms. Teli and show her that this note is not America, or Dacula,” according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, Gwinnett County officials are investigating the letter to find out who left it on the teacher’s desk.