11-yr-old schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab in Toronto

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The school board's social work team was on site, and letters will also be sent home with students at all three schools in the Scarborough neighbourhood addressing the assault against Khawlah. Khawlah's hijab was cut off of her by an adult man while on her way to school Friday in Toronto.

Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred at about 9am (2pm GMT) near the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto's east side, police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante told AFP.

"I felt confused, scared, terrified", Noman, who is in Grade 6, told reporters at her school Friday.

She says the girl then crossed the street and, about 10 minutes later, she noticed the man cutting at her hijab again.

Hate crimes targeting Muslims doubled between 2012 and 2014 across Canada, and in January previous year six Muslim men were killed in an attack on a Quebec City mosque. It happened in a Toronto neighborhood known for its diversity.

Condemning the attack, Trudeau tweeted: " My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto. "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated".

He's described as a man in his 20s, Asian, medium build, about five-foot-eight-inches and six-foot, with black hair and a moustache. Terrified, she turned to face him - a young Asian male, roughly 5-foot-8 to six feet tall, wearing black trousers, a black hoodie and brown gloves.

"This is shocking to learn of this assault". And we'll be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can, ' Ryan Bird, a school board spokesperson, told CNN partner CBC. "In the meantime, we are offering supports to the impacted student and her family".

The little girl's younger brother said he saw the man pull off the hood of her sister's jacket. "It does not represent who we are (as Canadians)", Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a Twitter message. Shortly after the same attacker then approached her again "smiling" and trying to cut her scarf before fleeing. "I want her and her family and her friends and community that that is not what Canada is and that is not who Canadians are".

"I don't know why he did that, it's just not Canada", Samad said.

Toronto Councilor Neethan Shan has campaigned for January 29 - the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque - to be marked as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamaphobia.