Mizzou professor Youssif Z. Omar, 53, was at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday when he spotted that the girl did not have the traditional Muslim headscarf. Officer Latisha Stroer told the Columbia Tribune in an email that Omar grabbed the girl “very violently by the hair.” He slapped her across the face, and pulled her by the hair down and flight of stairs and into his car.
- Youssif Zaghwani Omar, 53, was arrested after allegedly dragging a 14-year-old female relative out of school
- He was said to have been angry that she wasn’t wearing a hijab – a traditional Muslim headscarf Omar’s LinkedIn page lists him as being an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia and manager of Artifacts Journal at the university bookstore
A University of Missouri teaching assistant allegedly pulled a teenage relative out of her high school by her hair and assaulted her for not wearing a hijab, police said.
Youssif Z. Omar, 53, was arrested Wednesday for the alleged child abuse at Hickman High School, the Columbia Tribune reported.
Police said Omar was at the school around 3 p.m. Tuesday and noticed a 14-year-old family member who was not wearing a hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by many Muslim women.
Omar flew into a frenzy, “violently” grabbing her hair and yanking her down a flight of stairs and out of the school, police said. He then allegedly pulled her into his car and slapped her.
Omar was arrested at his Columbia home the next day on suspicion of felony child abuse, police said. He was released from jail on $4,500 bond.
The condition of the teenage relative is unknown. Omar did not return requests for comment.
Omar is a graduate teaching assistant of Arabic at the University of Missouri, according to the school’s website. A Benghazi native, he is also an editor of the school’s student culture journal Artifacts .
In an editor’s note for a recent issue, he wrote about the need to accept other peoples’ cultures and remain open-minded about one’s own.
“It is very hard for some people to be away from their own culture because they find themselves confined to the deep-rooted beliefs and customs they acquired and learned from the communities in which they were born and raised,” he wrote.
“Such people see themselves as fish taken away from the water.”
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.