Muslim Children Kicked Off Jacksonville School Bus

October 30, 2003

Source: News 4

On October 30, 2003 News 4 reported that "angry parents claimed a bus driver forced their children off a school bus Wednesday five miles from home because they were Middle Eastern. Ali Alhamad said his children, along with 10-20 others, were kicked off their bus because they were Muslim. He said many of the children were wearing Muslim religious attire. Some children said the driver forced them off the bus at school, while others were kicked off at Rogero and Ft. Caroline roads, five miles from their usual stop at Caravan Circle and Atlantic Boulevard. The Ft. Caroline Middle School students said they made the roughly five-mile walk home... First Student, the company that owns the bus, is investigating where the kids were dropped off and if racism motivated the incident."