CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – The family of a Cary High student who believes he was unfairly targeted because of his religion will meet officials with the Wake County Public School system today.
Mohamed al-Samman left his mother and sister in Syria a month ago to join his father in Cary.
Al-Samman was questioned about having a gun — a report that turned out to be a hoax.
The student said he was pulled out of class last week by school administrators checking on reports of a student with a gun. The student believes he was being profiled.
The school system denies that, but his family is worried about how the accusations might follow him.
“Mohamed is a student who wants to go to college – create a lifestyle here –and become an American and we don’t want him deprived of that,” said Khalilah Sabra of the Muslim-American Society Immigration Center.
Last week he was at school when officials said a student reported a suspected threat on a school bus.
“Law enforcement and WCPSS Security interviewed multiple students as part of an investigation and quickly determined the threat was false,” said a spokeswoman for the school system.
Al-Samman believes he was profiled because he’s Muslim..
But Tony Godwin, the Cary chief of police, said, “It’s absolutely not the way we conduct business and we wouldn’t tolerate it—and we won’t make excuses for it.”
Even though al-Samman was cleared of any accusations, Muslim activists fear what happened at the school may create trouble for him for years.
“Governments check the Internet.,” Sabra said. “It can affect citizenship, where you go to college, where you are accepted to colleg