WATCH: Hijab-wearing student attacked in girl's bathroom at Pittsburgh school

December 20, 2018 - 2:48 pm
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PITTSBURGH (1010 WINS) -- Video of a hijab-wearing high school student in Pittsburgh being savagely attacked by another female student in a bathroom stall has attracted attention for its seeminly hate crime-based nature.

But Collier Township police said while criminal charges are pending, they won't include hate crime charges. 

The head of a local Muslim group begs to differ that the attack wasn't motivated by hate.

"We don't believe the motive was random and was at the spur of the moment. We believe there was a bias," CAIR-Pittsburgh President Safdar Khwaja  told television station WTAE.

In fact, at one point in the video, the aggressor said to the Muslim girl, "You're lucky you're from another language, because I will crush you, [expletive>."

The school district says the maximum disciplinary action available in its policies will be enforced, but stopped short of saying if the students will be disciplined.

"Chartiers Valley School District does not condone or tolerate violence of any kind and will enforce consequences to the fullest extent, according to district policies and procedures," the district said in a statement.