Toronto police investigating report of man cutting off girl’s hijab

Toronto police say they are investigating a report of a man allegedly cutting off a girl’s hijab in the city’s east end.

Police say they received a call at about 9 a.m. from a local elementary school reporting that one of its students was assaulted by a man carrying scissors.

Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante says the man allegedly cut off the girl’s hijab and fled the scene.

She says it is currently unclear whether the girl, who attends Pauline Johnson Junior Public School, was assaulted on her way to school or on school grounds.

No physical injuries were reported and Arrogante says police are actively looking for a suspect.

Arrogante says police are not currently treating the incident as a hate crime, but adds investigators are not ruling it out.

The Canadian Press

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