“Elk Grove student assaulted for being Muslim,” read the headline in the Sacramento Bee on Saturday. “Community rallies as police seek suspect.”
According to Bee reporter Sawsan Morrar, the attack happened four days earlier at Pleasant Grove High School “while Sabah Elias, 17, was attending a tutoring session after classes. Elias, who was wearing a black shirt representing the Muslim Student Association (MSA) club on campus, said she was followed into a bathroom by a person wearing a mask. That person, she said, verbally attacked her for being Muslim before throwing a bucket of water at her.”
A tearful, humiliated Elias drove home but her parents told her to report the incident. School officials contacted police in Elk Grove, a city of some 170,000 south of the state capitol of Sacramento. As Morrar explained, “the suspect in the assault was not found; it’s not known if the attacker was a student,” but the victim had some thoughts.
“We came to realize that this person, whoever they are, acted this way because of ignorance,” said Elias at a Friday gathering. “The closure we were looking for was not just holding this person accountable for their actions. Instead, the greater closure we were looking for is how we can all be a part of the solution to the grander problem our community is facing, racial and social intolerance.”
According to Morrar, “the campus’ Muslim Student Association, which was formed recently but before the assault took place, said learning from the incident would bring the community closer.” Elk Grove High School student Naema Ali told Morrar “What happened to Sabah happens to a lot of brown students. Sabah took what happened and turned it into something amazing.” Pleasant Grove 2017 graduate Jude Farhat showed up to explain she was “repeatedly harassed by students for wearing hijab.”
Morrar then cited an October report from CAIR claiming that 40 percent of California Muslim students say they have been bullied, explaining “nearly half of the Muslim 12th-graders, like Elias, reported being bullied — the largest group age group to report bullying.”
The CBS report on the Elias case came headlined “Student Says She Was Assaulted At School,” (emphasis added) and Morrar’s report cited not a single witness. The alleged victim did not quote anything the mysterious black-shirted “person” said. Likewise, the bucket used in the assault was missing, and so were details about the author.
“I attended K-12 in the Elk Grove Unified School District,” at Laguna Creek High School, Morrar explains and “UC Davis for my undergraduate studies.” There Morrar was “president of the 200-member Muslim Student Association.”
The MSA is the first Muslim Brotherhood affiliate to gain a foothold in the United States and a lobbying group for the Wahhabi sect of Islam and now maintains chapters on hundreds of campuses. The Diversity Working Group, which revealed Morrar’s MSA chapter presidency, includes her in a piece about Muslim women taking leading roles in “civil rights” groups such as CAIR.
As UC Davis notes, Sawsan Morrar made “giant strides,” such as “admission to UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism; a 2017 White House Correspondents Association Scholar; a grant and fellowship from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.”
A UC Berkeley site notes that the multimedia journalist “was an associate producer at Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate news station.” In 2017 she became a Stevens Scholar, and as her own website explains, “Sawsan is a White House Correspondents’ Association Scholar, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, and an Ambassador Christopher Stevens Scholar.”
According to the Islamic Scholarship Fund, whose advisors include Reza Aslan and Imam Tahir Anwar, Sawsan Morrar is a recipient of the “Ghulium and Arifa Azad Family Scholarship in Journalism.” As ISF explains, “Sawsan is a dedicated activist in the Muslim community” and has “co-hosted workshops aimed at addressing Islam in the media and facilitates networking between Muslim leaders and journalists.” Her piece on the Elk Grove incident reflects that Muslim activist profile.
Throwing anything at someone is technically an assault and Morrar assumes up-front that it happened. She poses no questions to the victim, a member of the Muslim Students Association who says the mysterious attacker was “ignorant.” Predictably, Morrar goes on to cite studies by CAIR naming Muslim 12th graders as the biggest victim group.
It would be hard to blame anyone in Elk Grove for taking the story as a hoax. It comes in the run-up to Christmas, when Islamic terrorism has been known to surge. For example, on December 2, 2015, Islamic terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people and wounded more than 20 at holiday party in San Bernardino, California.
By all indications, the only California daily to recall the mass murder in any detail was the San Bernardino Sun, whose Sandra Emerson recalled the victims: Robert Adams, Isaac Amanios, Bennetta Bet-Badal, Harry Bowman, Sierra Clayborn, Juan Espinoza, Aurora Godoy, Shannon Johnson, Larry Daniel Kaufman, Damian Meins, Tin Nguyen, Nicholas Thalasinos, Yvette Velasco, and Michael Raymond Wetzel.
On December 2, Pastor Reginald Young of San Bernardino Pastors United released 14 doves, one for each of the victims.