San Diego Unified School District board members voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of creating a plan to address Islamophobia and bullying of Muslim students.
More than 200 members and supporters of the city’s Muslim community erupted into applause after the vote.
Earlier in the meeting, a Muslim leader urged the district to produce a plan.
“You guys are essentially the reason why this district is one of the safest in the nation,” said Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Mohebi also told the board that according a CAIR survey, some 55 percent of students asked said they had been bullied, while one out of five said school staff were not supportive.
“We must provide the right resources to (educators)” to lessen bullying incidents, by suggesting professional development and the proper curriculum, Mohebi said.
Mohebi said when he was harassed when he was in school, but remembered teachers who protected him.