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    Lightbulb A Tale of 2 Osamas: Staten Island Teen Sues Over Taunts

    A Tale of 2 Osamas
    S.I. Teen Sues Over Taunts
    By STEFANIE COHEN





    June 11, 2007
    -- It's not easy being Osama.

    For a Staten Island teenager, it has meant torment at the hands of his
    teachers and classmates - some repeatedly referring to him as "bin Laden."

    "I thought you were in the back of a cave somewhere," a gym teacher at
    Tottenville HS once said to Osama Al-Najjar (photo right) during roll call,
    according to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court claiming racial and
    religious discrimination.

    When Al-Najjar, 16, enrolled in the prestigious school three years ago, he
    was an honors student with a "peaceful" demeanor, said his mother, Suad
    Abuhasna.

    But when his ninth-grade math teacher started calling the Muslim teen of
    Palestinian descent "bin Laden" - and a security guard told him "we don't
    want bin Laden's son in our school" - his cheery outlook began to change,
    she said.

    When she asked him what was wrong, Osama said his teachers thought he
    was a terrorist.

    Abuhasna alerted school officials, but they ignored her, she said, and things
    got worse.

    His new math teacher, "Ms. Isola," said he might as well stop coming to class
    because he would never pass, the suit says. She refused to call on him, and
    always referred to him as "bin Laden," the court papers say.

    Osama was beaten up at school by two students, and an assistant principal
    told Abuhasna to put her son in an Islamic school, the suit states.

    A spokesperson for city Department of Education declined to comment, citing
    the pending litigation.

    In March 2006, Osama cut out of school and disappeared.

    Then, in July, while talking to his mom, he suddenly broke a CD and began
    slicing at his wrist. While his mother called a psychiatrist, Osama tied a cord
    around his neck and threatened to kill himself, the suit says.

    "It's not only terrible to see your baby going through this," said his mother,
    "It's also the guilt you feel because I gave him that name and I chose that
    school."

    stefanie.cohen@nypost.com
    Last edited by m; 06-11-2007 at 11:56 PM.

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    The person who wrote this article like she ain't sure whether she talkin bout Osama (bin Laden) or (Barack) Obama

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    Quote Originally Posted by The JaM View Post
    The person who wrote this article like she ain't sure whether she talkin bout Osama (bin Laden) or (Barack) Obama
    Good catch...I just fixed it.


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