The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has expressed shock over a report that more than half of the Sikh children in the United States (US) schools are subject to bullying and labelled “terrorists”.
Reacting to the report, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said here on Wednesday that it was unfortunate that the US administration had failed to take steps to check the bullying of Sikh children.
“School administrators are also to blame for this, as they too took no preventive measure nor tried to educate the American students about Sikhs and Sikhism,” he added.
The report is based on surveys on the focus groups of 700 Sikh schoolchildren and the interviews of more than 50 Sikh students in the Seattle, Indianapolis, Boston and Fresno, and California areas of the US.
It is titled “Go Home Terrorist”. Released last week, it claims that bullying of Sikh children is associated with post-9/11 fears.
Sikh children have been kicked and punched and had their turbans ripped of.