Windsor

Muslim woman endures alleged racial threats at children's school

Dalal Boulbol says she was called a “terrorist” and then threatened by another motorist last week, while driving her three children to school.
Dalal Boulbol was called a “terrorist” and then threatened by another motorist last week, while driving her three children to school. (Stacey Janzer/CBC )

A routine drive to drop the kids off at school turned into a nightmare for Dalal Boulbol, who says she was called a "terrorist" and threatened by another motorist last week.

Boulbol was one stop light away from her children's school when a driver allegedly pulled up alongside her and started yelling.

The concerned mother, a Muslim woman who was wearing her hijab at the time, ignored the verbal attack and drove away. But the alleged threats didn't end there.

Police say the woman has since apologized for the incident, but no charges are being pursued, according to OPP Const. Stephanie Moniz.

Shocked by verbal attack

Boulbol and her children were alarmed by the incident that began Thursday morning at the intersection at Howard Avenue and Highway 3, then continued several blocks away at the children's school.

The woman yelled words like "terrorist" and uttered phrases like "go back to your country" and "you don't belong here," Boulbol recalled.

Shocked by the vulgarity and surprised something like this could happen in the city she grew up in, Boulbol said she initially laughed.

"I'm laughing and chuckling to myself and I believe that enraged her even more," Boulbol said.

That's when she says the woman started making threatening gestures, "implying she wanted to kill me."

The woman followed Boulbol to Al-Hijra Academy on Howard Avenue, where she rolled down her window and continued to yell threats.

The principal and teachers at the school also witnessed the incident, but when they came out to inquire, the woman drove away.

The OPP confirmed they contacted the driver, who has since apologized to school staff. The woman has not been charged with any criminal activity.

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