St. Pete Police haven't talked to Muslim girl

11/13/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last night WMNF aired a story about a Muslim girl named Hannah who said she was threatened at Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg.

Today, St.Pete Police said they are questioning her side of the story. But they also admit they haven’t spoken with her yet.

The police say a report filed yesterday by St. Pete Police Officer William Stone says that an assistant principal at Azalea interviewed the girl after she reported that a boy in her science class threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot her. Stone is also serves as the school resource officer at Azalea.

Bill Prior with the St. Petersburg Police Department says the assistant principal asked Hannah if she felt threatened.

Young Hannah told her story this morning at the Pinellas County School Board Meeting in Largo.

Pinellas Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the district was looking into the matter.

Other school board members praised Hannah for coming forward.

Ahmed Bedier with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a programmer at WMNF said that Hannah will not return to school until the issue has been dealt with.

Wilcox said Hannah can make up her school work at home until she comes back to school, Bedier said.

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