Hmmm. The police spokesman said, "Our investigation did not reveal any information or evidence to support the girl's allegations." But the Justice Department read about it in the papers and decided to pursue the case anyway.
Now, why is that? Is someone pressuring them?
And while we're at it, why are the networks allowing CAIR plants to ask questions during presidential debates? The CNN featuring of "Yasmin from Huntsville, Ala." without identifying her link with CAIR seems especially fishy.
I'm not saying there is some grand conspiracy here. There does seem, however, to be an ongoing pattern of uncritical accommodation, even to the point of enabling a dubious advocacy group like CAIR to further its agenda, and that pattern extends into many areas beyond the debates and the investigation into this child's claims.
"Justice department reviewing Muslim girl's school complaint," by Thomas C. Tobin and Donna Winchester for the St. Petersburg Times (thanks to Twostellas):
The U.S. Justice Department is looking into last month's allegations by a St. Petersburg Muslim girl that she was threatened and harassed by a classmate at Azalea Middle School.
In a letter to Pinellas school superintendent Clayton Wilcox, a lawyer for the department's Civil Rights Division said the agency learned of the girl's allegations through media reports and asked the district to provide information on the case.
The lawyer, Kym Davis Rogers, said the inquiry was preliminary. She could not be reached Friday for comment.
Laurie Dart, an attorney for the school district, said she was compiling the information collected during Pinellas' investigation, which has ended. She said she planned to send it to the Justice Department soon. The district received the letter Monday.
The girl, 11-year-old Hannah Chehab, alleged at a Nov. 12 news conference that a boy at Azalea pulled off her headscarf, called a hijab, and later threatened to shoot and kill her after she complained to an assistant principal. She and her parents alleged that school officials were slow to respond to the incidents.
The sixth-grader also said the school year began with students asking her if she was a terrorist and if she was hiding a bomb.
The news conference was called by Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said Friday that the girl's parents did not want to comment on the letter.
A school district investigation confirmed the details about the terrorist remarks but found no evidence of a threat by the boy. Azalea officials said they responded appropriately.
An assistant principal at the school reprimanded the boy for the hijab incident, isolated him from other students at lunch and gave him a work detail. But varying accounts raised doubts about the severity of the incident.
St. Petersburg police conducted a separate investigation and said they found no evidence to support Hannah's story. Among the findings: statements that the boy and girl often had been seen joking with each other....