Teacher fired for ripping eight-year-old girl’s hijab off
A substitute teacher, Oghenetega Edah, 31, at a Bronx elementary school was sacked after ripping the hijab off an 8-year-old girl’s head.
The police said Edah ripped the hijab off the girl’s head because she refused to get out of his chair. He demanded that the girl at the Bennington School on Adee Avenue take off her religious scarf around 1pm last Tuesday.
New York Post reports that the girl was misbehaving in class and sitting in the teacher’s chair without his permission. So the teacher tapped her on her arm to get her to move.
When she wouldn’t, he threatened to take the scarf, cops said.
“I’m taking it off,” he said as he pulled the Hijab off her head, causing an injury to her right eye, according to cops.
Doctors at Jacobi Hospital determined that the girl’s cornea wasn’t damaged, police sources said.
“This alleged behavior is completely unacceptable,” a statement from Michael Aciman, a Department of Education spokesman, said. “This individual was removed from the school immediately and his employment has been terminated.”
Edah became a per diem substitute teacher in January 2017, sources said. His termination was effective May 3.
Cops were investigating the incident, police said. The Department of Investigation was also looking into it.
Parents at the stately, four-story brick and granite school say the ill-tempered sub only worked at Bennington for a short while.
“It’s crazy,” said Yvarie Ortiz, 33, as she picked up her daughter, a first-grader. “I just feel like teachers are supposed to control their anger a little bit more. That’s why they’re there. To teach and be calm. They’re supposed to be patient. That’s your job.”