A lesbian teacher in California who refused a Muslim classmate to wear a hijab in the school gym has been charged with criminal sexual conduct.
The charge against Sabrina Perez-Diaz, a 49-year-old teacher at Santa Monica High School in Los Angeles, stems from an incident on March 10, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.
The complaint states that Perez-Fernandez told the Muslim classmate she was going to wear the hijab, and that she had a right to do so, the paper reported.
A school district spokesman told the Los Angles Times that Perez Diaz, who is white, “never discriminated against anyone,” and said she “refused to comply with the request” by the classmate.
“She never asked to wear it or to cover her face,” said the spokesman, who was not authorized to speak to the media.
“She just wanted to be herself.
She felt confident in her personal identity.”
The principal of the Santa Monica Unified School District has told the Times that she was unaware of the incident until contacted by the paper on Tuesday morning.
The newspaper reported that Perez had worked at the school for six years and is the youngest principal in the district.
According to the paper, Perez Diaz was charged with a felony count of criminal sexual contact with a child under the age of 13.
The district is scheduled to be back in court on Wednesday.