It was clear that the students in my class were not exposed to many Muslim women in their lives, and so when they saw the girl in a headscarf on the front cover of a book, they automatically thought that person was me.
As a parent, some of the most terrifying experiences we have to endure come through the moments when our children are most vulnerable. Considering the fact that children spend a good portion of their young lives in schools, our ability as parents to observe, protect and participate in their daily activities becomes limited.
... my eyes drifted to a passage, in ink, by a teacher at his school who was also his chaperone on his eighth grade trip to Washington DC. I remember feeling all the blood in my body drain to my legs then rush back to the top of my head.