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2 girls charged in attack on girl wearing hijab in school bathroom

COLLIER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two girls are facing charges for an attack on another student inside the bathroom at Chartiers Valley High School.

Civil rights leaders across the country called a hate crime because the victim was wearing a hijab, but police said the evidence does not support that claim.

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During the investigation, the school resource officer met with the victim, her family and a representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The charges that are being filed include aggravated assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and violation of the Pennsylvania wiretap law.


"There has been nothing here to bear out any ethnic intimidation," said attorney David Shrager, who represents the girl charged in the confrontation. "A full, complete investigation was done by the police and DA's office and they made the decision not to file those charges."

Shrager said he will fight the wiretap charge in court.