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Media Advisory: CAIR-Florida Condemns Bullying, Violence Incident at Chiefland Middle School

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(TAMPA, FL, March 11, 2021) -- The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an alleged violent bullying incident that took place on or near March 6, 2021, at Chiefland Middle School in Levy County, Fla. The incident was captured on a now viral Instagram video. 


SEE: Video on Ashlee Marie Preston Instagram Post 



In a statement, CAIR-Florida's Central Florida Regional Coordinator Lara Abu Ghannam said:  


“CAIR-Florida is outraged to learn of the attack on a young Muslim female student at Chiefland Middle School in Levy County, Florida. Not only are we disturbed by the physical attack on this young student but also the jeering and laughing by those witnessing the attack and the strikingly apparent lack of intervention by administrators.  


“While we do not condone violence, we appreciate the one brave student who stepped in to defend her classmate as others laughed on. 


"CAIR-Florida continues to work on eradicating bullying from our education centers. We have contacted the school officials requesting an immediate investigation into this horrible incident. 


“We would like to see a reprimand of the administrators and students involved in initiating this violent bullying attack.”  


CAIR-Florida continues to offer anti-bullying/discrimination trainings. We are ready to provide this to Chiefland Middle School and any other Florida school.

CAIR-Florida will continue to monitor this situation and we ask that if anyone has information regarding this attack, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (833) CAIRFLA [833-224-7352].

CAIR-Florida's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  


La misión de CAIR – Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.  




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Call 833.CAIRFLA (833.224.7352)

Mailing Adrress:
8076 N 56th St., Tampa, FL 33617 (Main Office)

CAIR Florida office locations:

Sunrise – Fort Myers – Tampa – Orlando – Panama City